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New Campaign Announced to Achieve Effective Parity Enforcement in 10 States

The Legal Action Center, along with four of the nation’s other leading advocacy organizations for effective enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act) today announced the launch of the [email protected] Compliance Campaign. The campaign is a three year effort that will unite local and national advocates in 10 states to pursue full enforcement of the Parity Act – with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the law lives up to its promise nationwide.

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113 of the Nation’s Leading Patient Advocacy and Health Care Organizations Launch ‘Campaign to Protect Patient Privacy Rights’

Many of the nation’s leading addiction treatment, recovery, health care and advocacy organizations today announced a new coordinated effort to advocate for maintaining the confidentiality of SUD patients in the face of proposals to eradicate these essential rights.

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ADDICTION EXPERTS ISSUE STATEMENT OPPOSING SENATE HEALTH REPEAL

Seventy-two leading organizations and national experts in the field of addiction policy, research and treatment today issued a joint statement opposing the Senate’s healthcare repeal plan, warning that it would undermine efforts to address the opioid crisis and significantly worsen the public heath epidemic.

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LAC Announces Addiction Solutions Campaign and Recommendations on Parity Enforcement

The ASC represents a coordinated effort to leverage the organizations’ collective expertise across research, policy and communications to tackle broad-impact projects. One of the ASC’s first major initiatives is to increase consumer access to addiction coverage and services that they are entitled to under the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008.

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Legislation to Strengthen Compliance with Parity Law Introduced in NY Senate and Assembly

The Legal Action Center strongly supports the proposed Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Report Act, a bill introduced in the New York Senate and Assembly to improve oversight of health insurers’ compliance with state and federal mental health and substance use disorder parity laws.

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LAC’s OP-ED IN THE HILL URGES SENATE TO PRIORITIZE ADDICTION CARE and REJECT AHCA

As the Senate debates legislation to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act, LAC President/Director Paul Samuels and founder of the Treatment Research Institute Tom McLellan urge them to prioritize addiction care.

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Governor Cuomo Takes Important Steps to Protect Healthcare Coverage and Equity in New York

The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for taking important steps to protect the health care of New Yorkers in the context of uncertainty about the future of federal health reform. The Governor’s actions will help ensure that New York does not return to a time when insurers could discriminate against people on the basis of race, gender or previous heath conditions.

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Discrimination against Patients with Substance Use Disorders Remains Prevalent and Harmful: Health Affairs Blog Post by LAC Attorneys

In response to recent critiques against the confidentiality law that protects patients with histories of substance use disorders (42 CFR Part 2), Legal Action Center’s Senior Health Policy Attorney, Deborah Reid, and Senior Staff Attorney, Karla Lopez, penned a piece that was published today by Health Affairs.

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Changes to 42 CFR Part 2 Take Effect Today, March 21st

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”)’s Final Rule on the Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records (“42 CFR Part 2” or “Part 2”) is scheduled to go into effect today, March 21, 2017.

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LAC’s op-ed in The Hill calls for healthcare coverage for the millions of Americans affected by addiction and mental illness

LAC Director and President Paul Samuels co-wrote an op-ed with Ron Manderscheid, Executive Director at National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors, on The Hill entitled “1 in 3 Americans is affected by addiction or mental illness: We need a plan to protect their care”.

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