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DOJ settlement in MA affirms that refusing to treat individuals solely based on their #addiction is #discrimination under the #AmericansWithDisabilitiesAct. https://t.co/EzVt1m4Q8l @Addiction_Pro @BehavioralHlth

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May 16th is National Call-In Day: Urge Your U.S. House Member to Oppose the “Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act” (H.R. 3545)

May 16th is National Call-In Day: Urge Your U.S. House Member to Oppose the “Overdose Prevention and Patient Safety Act” (H.R. 3545)

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).

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.

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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