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LAC COMMENDS GOVERNOR CUOMO’S 10TH STATE OF THE STATE AND FY 2021 BUDGET PROPOSALS

The Legal Action Center (LAC) commends Governor Andrew Cuomo and his administration for proposing a State budget to continue New York’s reforms to shift drug policy away from criminalization and towards a public health response. Amidst the ongoing overdose crisis, the Governor’s budget proposals to help ensure more New Yorkers can get life-saving addiction care are critically important.

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Legal Action Center Statement on Governor Cuomo’s State of State Proposals

The Legal Action Center commends Governor Andrew Cuomo on his continued efforts to shift drug policy away from criminalization and towards a public health response. As the opioid epidemic continues to devastate families and communities across New York, LAC applauds the Governor’s the proposals to increase access to addiction medication to treat opioid use disorder (OUD).

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Governor Cuomo Vetoes Legislation to Ban Prior-Authorization Requirements on Addiction Medications in Medicaid

Governor Cuomo passes legislation to remove prior authorization requirements for addiction medicine in commercial insurance but vetoes proposed bill to do the same in Medicaid. LAC is very concerned that Medicaid recipients in New York no longer have the same access to medications that commercial beneficiaries have and will continue advocacy to remove barriers to lifesaving SUD care for ALL New Yorkers.

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Legal Action Center and Community Service Society of New York Launch Clean Slate New York

The Legal Action Center (LAC) and Community Service Society of New York (CSS) announce the launch of Clean Slate New York, a coalition-led campaign to pass legislation ending the perpetual punishment of a criminal conviction through broad automatic expungement of criminal records.

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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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THROUGH GROUNDBREAKING CLASS ACTION, HUNDREDS OF NEW YORKERS HAVE OLD MARIJUANA CONVICTIONS SEALED

Legal Action Center was proud to partner with the Community Service Society, The Legal Aid Society, New York County Defender Services, Neighborhood Defender Service, pro bono counsel Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to seal over 300 old marijuana convictions in New York City through a class action settlement. This groundbreaking effort will help to minimize the unfair obstacles to employment, housing, and other basic rights that individuals face due to past criminal records.

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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 Co-Hosts Webinar on NY’s Application to Waive the Federal Medicaid “Inmate” Exclusion Provision

On June 26, 2019, the Legal Action Center and the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice co-hosted a webinar on New York’s application to waive the federal Medicaid “Inmate” Exclusion provision.

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NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANT TO LAC

The New York Bar Foundation recently awarded a grant of $4,820 to the Legal Action Center in support of our New York Sealing and Voting Project. LAC thanks TYNBF for its ongoing support of this crucial work, which will surely have a positive impact on individuals, families, and communities throughout the State.

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