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Legal Action Center Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Representative Elijah Cummings

All of us at the Legal Action Center mourn the loss of Representative Elijah Cummings, a relentless champion for justice and dignity. His courage of conviction was unwavering, and his leadership served as a moral compass in the Congress and in the community.

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Trump Administration Proposing to Weaken Current Privacy Protections for SUD Patient Information through Second Rulemaking

SAMHSA is proposing to significantly weaken patient privacy protections in the federal confidentiality regulations for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records, 42 CFR Part 2.  It is extremely important that the Trump Administration hears from all stakeholders about how damaging these changes would be for people in recovery and those in, or seeking, SUD treatment.

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Trump Administration Proposing to Increase Law Enforcement Access to Private SUD Patient Information

SAMHSA is proposing to significantly weaken patient privacy protections in the federal confidentiality regulations for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment records, 42 CFR Part 2.  It is extremely important that the Trump Administration hears from all stakeholders about how damaging these changes would be for people in recovery and those in, or seeking, SUD treatment.

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Advocates and Health Care Providers Voice Concern about Trump Administration’s Effort to Weaken Confidentiality and Redisclosure of Substance Use Disorder Treatment Records

For the third time in three years, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) has proposed changes to federal substance use disorder confidentiality rules. LAC and others voice concern that the proposed new rules will weaken the protections against unauthorized disclosures of a patient’s substance use disorder (“SUD”) treatment records, giving the patient less say over where their personal health information is shared.

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Urge NY Governor Cuomo to Remove Prior Authorization Barriers to Addiction Medicine in Medicaid and Commercial Insurance

It is critical that NY Governor Cuomo sign and pass A.7246/S.5935, legislation to remove prior authorization barriers to life-saving medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder in Medicaid in the state.

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LAC Analysis of Medicaid Plans Reveals 40 States Still Require Prior Authorization on OUD Meds

As the opioid-related overdose epidemic continues to escalate in the US, timely access to FDA-approved medications for the treatment of opioid use disorder (OUD) is more important than ever. Our analysis shows that 40 state Medicaid programs still have prior authorization requirements on some or all buprenorphine-naloxone medications.

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LANDMARK LEGAL VICTORIES ON BOTH COASTS EXPANDS ACCESS TO ADDICTION MEDICINE IN JAILS

The Legal Action Center (LAC) applauds both the recent proposed settlement agreement in a class action lawsuit in which Whatcom County Jail in WA agreed to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder to all individuals incarcerated there with medical need, and the First Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision upholding the District Court of Maine’s preliminary injunction requiring a jail to provide a woman with MAT while incarcerated.

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“No Health = No Justice” Convening Held at Columbia

On April 3, 2019, the Legal Action Center’s “No Health = No Justice” Campaign convened over 130 advocates, directly impacted people, health care and reentry service providers, policy-makers,  and academics to discuss “Dismantling Systemic Inequity in Criminal Justice and Health” at Columbia University in New York City.

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Support Increased Funding for CHAMP in the NYS Budget

NY’s behavioral health ombudsman project, Community Health Access to Addiction and Mental Healthcare Project (CHAMP), is a first-in-the-nation independent consumer assistance program specifically designed to help individuals, their families and their providers overcome insurance barriers that keep too many from accessing care, and its continued funding is absolutely crucial amidst the current dual crisis of opioid overdose and suicide deaths.

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LAC SUPPORTS GOVERNOR CUOMO’S PARITY AND INSURANCE REFORM MEASURES

The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Cuomo’s proposals to enforce parity and remove insurance barriers to improve access to substance use disorder and mental health care for tens of thousands of New Yorkers.

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