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

AIDS and Adolescents – the Changing Legal Landscape

Thursday, Jan 18, 2018

This training will cover the legal rights and potential liabilities of adolescents living with or at risk for HIV, including the new right for adolescents to consent to HIV treatment.

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

Tuesday, Feb 20, 2018

This three-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.

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The epidemic of drug overdose deaths is a national disaster. It claimed more than 64k lives in 2016, many of them by #opioid overdoses. That’s far more than the number of deaths from HIV/AIDS in the peak year of 1995. https://t.co/hsZW3fPCLV

Congrats to @lac_news and @AIDSLawPa on achieving this tremendous result for people living with #HIV. The privacy of medical information, particularly for people with stigmatized conditions, is vitally important. Other insurers best pay attention! #WeObject https://t.co/4Lcl2zFUfn

"It was important for us to send a clear message to people with HIV that your medical information is important, that it will be protected, that we will take quick action to make sure that it is protected" https://t.co/lBDTYlnpOx @AIDSLawPA @lac_news @NPRHealth @whyy

$17 million settlement announced today in federal class action lawsuit against Aetna, the 3rd largest health insurer in US, after faulty mailing breached HIV privacy of thousands of customers https://t.co/oRj05Q0oQq @LambdaLegal @LSNYCnews @CtrHIVLawPolicy

$17 million settlement announced today in federal class action lawsuit against Aetna, the 3rd largest health insurer in US, after faulty mailing breached HIV privacy of thousands of customers https://t.co/oRj05Q0oQq @AIDSLawPa @BergerMontague @tadorros

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News and Highlights

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.

SAMHSA TO CONVENE STAKEHOLDERS REGARDING THE EFFECT OF 42 CFR PART 2 ON PATIENT CARE, HEALTH OUTCOMES, AND PATIENT PRIVACY

SAMHSA announced today that it will hold a public listening session on January 31, 2018 at SAMHSA headquarters in Rockville, MD, regarding the future of the Confidentiality of SUD Patient Records regulations (42 CFR Part 2, also known as “Part 2”).

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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