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“Hospital Toolkit” offers new resources for hospitals treating patients with substance use disorder

Emergency medicine providers have a new set of resources for treating patients with substance use disorders (SUD): Addiction Policy Forum’s new “Hospital Toolkit.” The toolkit is designed for hospitals as well as patients, families, and advocates, to improve access to SUD treatment and care in hospital emergency departments.

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Call Your Legislators Today

It is imperative you call or email your legislators and Senate and Assembly leadership TODAY June 14, 2018 to express strong support for legislation, requiring the Department of Financial Services to collect key data from insurers and health plans to help determine compliance with the federal and state MH and SUD parity laws.

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SAMHSA and ONC publish two new guidance documents clarifying 42 CFR Part 2

New official guidance documents are now available for substance use disorder patients and treatment providers to better understand the confidentiality protections for substance use disorder information, 42 CFR Part 2 (Part 2). The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrative (SAMHSA) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) published two factsheets in May 2018 regarding the application of Part 2 to common healthcare and health information technology settings, and SAMHSA updated existing guidance with new information about the rights of same-sex couples to access treatment information about a spouse.

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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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LAC Statement in Support of Safe Consumption Spaces

LAC calls on the federal government, as well as state and local jurisdictions, to support and fund demonstration projects for safe consumption spaces. Saving lives must be paramount to addressing this crisis. Promising public health strategies to prevent overdose deaths must be supported.

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Legal Action Center Statement on Imposing Work Requirements for Medicaid Eligibility

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), issued new guidance authorizing states to impose work requirements on people enrolled in Medicaid for their health care.

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SAMHSA FURTHER REVISES 42 CFR PART 2 WITH NEW FINAL RULE ON CONFIDENTIALITY OF SUD TREATMENT INFORMATION

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”) issued a Final Rule on January 3, 2018, implementing new changes to the federal rules governing confidentiality and disclosures of substance use disorder patient records, known as 42 CFR Part 2 or “Part 2.”

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