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REMOVING PRIOR AUTHORIZATION REQUIREMENTS FOR All ADDICTION MEDICATION WILL SAVE LIVES AND REDUCE HEALTHCARE COSTS TO NEW YORK

As the opioid-related overdose epidemic continues to devastate families and communities nationwide, a new study shows that removing prior authorization barriers to substance use disorder treatment will decrease mortality and overall health costs in New York State.

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NY’s New Marijuana “Decriminalization” & Expungement Law Goes into Effect

For the first time ever, New York State has begun automatic expungement of certain marijuana convictions. Legal Action Center, which has long been advocating for automatic records clearance, created a fact sheet on the new decriminalization and expungement law along with the Legal Aid Society and Community Service Society.

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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 COMMENDS GOVERNOR AND LEGISLATURE ON PASSAGE OF STATE BUDGET

The Legal Action Center (LAC) commends Governor Cuomo and the New York State Senate and Assembly on passage of a State budget last weekend that includes important advances in restorative justice and health equity that we – along with many in the criminal justice and substance use disorder advocacy communities – have sought for many years.

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Criminal Justice Reform Organizations Support Cuomo’s “mugshot ban”

Legal Action Center and other criminal justice advocacy organizations voice support for Governor Cuomo’s amendment to New York’s Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) that would ban the public disclosure of photos and booking information compiled by law enforcement agencies when they make arrests, mirroring policies already in place in federal agencies.

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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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LAC APPLAUDS GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 2019 JUSTICE AGENDA

The Legal Action Center commends Governor Andrew Cuomo on the landmark criminal justice and opioid and other substance use disorder (SUD) initiatives included in his 2019 Justice Agenda.

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Protecting the Identity of Pardoned New Yorkers is the Right Thing to Do

26 undersigned criminal justice reform organizations strongly support Governor Cuomo’s pardon of 140 individuals who were convicted of one misdemeanor or non-violent felony when they were under the age of 18, and his decision to keep the names confidential. These individuals should now be allowed to move on with their lives without the stigma resulting from these convictions, which occurred when they were minors.

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The Passage of Sealing Legislation

While the decision to close Riker’s Island and passage of legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility have been rightly trumpeted as major reforms of some of New York’s most deleterious criminal justice policies and practices, an extremely important piece of progressive legislation has gone largely unnoticed and uncelebrated: beginning in October, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers will be eligible to have their old criminal convictions sealed.

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Governor Cuomo Issues Zero Tolerance Policy for Insurers that Fail to Provide Equal Substance Use Coverage

LAC praises the recent announcement by New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo that his administration has issued guidance to insurers regarding their legal obligations to provide mental health and substance use disorders coverage at parity with medical or surgical care.

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