The Legal Action Center is the only non-profit law and policy organization in the United States whose sole mission is to fight discrimination against people with histories of addiction, HIV/AIDS, or criminal records, and to advocate for sound public policies in these areas.

Upcoming Events

Employment Rights for People with HIV, Viral Hepatitis and Substance Use Disorders

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018

This two-hour training explains the employment rights of people with HIV, viral hepatitis, and/or substance use disorders. It focuses on anti-discrimination laws, such as New York City and State Human Rights Laws and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and touches on issues related to health and life insurance.

How to Create and Update Your Agency’s HIV Confidentiality Policies & Procedures and Ensure Staff Compliance

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018

This webinar is a capacity building session for program managers of hospitals, health care facilities, community-based organizations and other organizations that must comply with New York State’s HIV confidentiality law, Public Health Law Article 27-F.

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As our nation faces an escalating #opioidcrisis, the new @CMSGov @MedicaidGov #Medicaidworkrequirements policy guidance could make vital #addictiontreatment inaccessible for countless Americans in need. https://t.co/uMyfNNymwS

New #Medicaid policy guidance on work requirements could jeopardize #healthcare access for Americans who struggle with #substanceusedisorders by giving states the ability to make it even more difficult for them to access treatment. #opioidcrisis https://t.co/uMyfNNymwS

Coverage losses due to new #MedicaidWorkRequirements will not only reduce access to care & worsen health outcomes, but make it more difficult for many people to find/keep a job, making the requirements self-defeating on their own terms. https://t.co/vJe0HKlpdC via @CenterOnBudget

#Medicaidworkrequirements will have a significant & disproportionately harmful effect on individuals with #chronichealthissues, especially those with #substanceuse & #mentalhealth disorders, as well as those with conviction & arrest records. https://t.co/uMyfNNymwS

We’re proud @HLAMass to speak out with our colleagues around the country against this deeply flawed policy. Thanks to @lac_news for taking the lead on this issue. https://t.co/ErYhDxEqlT

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News and Highlights

Department of Justice Opioid Initiative Addresses Discriminatory Barriers to MAT

The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division has launched an Opioid Initiative to remove discriminatory barriers to treatment in the criminal justice and child welfare systems, zoning, and elsewhere. The initiative could be a game changer in reversing the widespread discrimination that blocks access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder.

LAC Provides Testimony at NYS Legislature’s Joint Public Hearing on Public Protection

LAC submitted written testimony on behalf of the NYS Alternative to Incarceration (ATI) and Re-entry Coalition (of which LAC is a member) to the Legislature’s annual Joint Public Hearing on Public Protection yesterday.

Aetna Agrees To Pay Over $17 Million To Settle HIV Privacy Breach Class Action

PHILADELPHIA (Jan. 17, 2018) — A $17 million settlement was announced today in a federal class action lawsuit against Aetna, Inc., the third largest health insurance company in the United States, after a faulty mailing breached the HIV privacy of thousands of Aetna’s customers.

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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