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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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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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Honoring the Life and Legacy of Dr. Robert Newman

The Legal Action Center joins with colleagues around New York, the country and the globe, to mourn the death of our former Board Member, Robert Newman, and to honor his life and the immense contributions he made to the field of substance use disorders.

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Addiction Solutions Campaign Releases Opioid Settlement Recommendations

New York, NY:  Released today, “Opioid Settlement Priorities; Recommendations from the Addiction Solutions Campaign” outlines several key strategies for investing …

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DOJ settlement with skilled nursing facility: excluding people on addiction medication violates the ADA

The Legal Action Center hails the Department of Justice’s settlement which found that a skilled nursing facility violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by excluding a patient because the patient was treated with Suboxone for opioid use disorder (OUD).

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PARITY RED FLAGS & COMPANION TOOL

When a health insurer denies or limits care for mental health and substance use disorders, is it violating the law? New tools from the Legal Action Center (LAC) help individuals seeking care and their loved ones, providers, and advocates understand their rights to coverage under federal and state parity laws, and what to do if an insurer is violating those rights.

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LAC response to President’s Opioid Initiative

March 20th, 2018: Yesterday in New Hampshire, President Trump outlined his administration’s three-pronged plan for addressing the opioid epidemic. While the strategy includes certain components critical to expanding access to evidence-based addiction care, it lacks specificity on health approaches and falls well short of the comprehensive public health response needed to address a crisis that is currently claiming the lives of over 175 Americans each day. Further, the plan’s emphasis on the failed punitive policies is out of step with what we know from decades of public health and public policy data.

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SAMHSA Issues Final Rule on the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Treatment Information

LAC welcomes SAMHSA’s release of a Final Rule that aims to modernize federal regulations governing the confidentiality of substance use disorder patient records, while maintaining essential privacy protections.

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