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New Report Shows Significant Inequalities Between Behavioral and Physical Health Coverage

Medical and surgical healthcare providers are receiving significantly higher payments from insurers than addiction and mental health practitioners for the same types of services, finds a groundbreaking, independent report published today by Milliman, Inc. and released by a coalition of America’s leading mental health and addiction advocacy organizations including the Legal Action Center.

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New Campaign Announced to Achieve Effective Parity Enforcement in 10 States

The Legal Action Center, along with four of the nation’s other leading advocacy organizations for effective enforcement of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Parity Act) today announced the launch of the Parity@10 Compliance Campaign. The campaign is a three year effort that will unite local and national advocates in 10 states to pursue full enforcement of the Parity Act – with the ultimate goal of ensuring that the law lives up to its promise nationwide.

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New York’s “Sealing of Certain Convictions” Law goes into Effect

Beginning tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers could be eligible to have certain old criminal convictions sealed. An article published in today’s Wall Street Journal draws attention to a potentially transformative new law – and the Legal Action Center’s ongoing work to ensure that it lives up to its potential.

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Aetna to Provide Emergency Relief to Members Affected by HIV/AIDS Privacy Breach

At the end of July, Aetna mailed letters to 12,000 people breaching their HIV privacy. The company is offering emergency financial relief and counseling to those who suffered specific harm as a direct result of the mailing.

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113 of the Nation’s Leading Patient Advocacy and Health Care Organizations Launch ‘Campaign to Protect Patient Privacy Rights’

Many of the nation’s leading addiction treatment, recovery, health care and advocacy organizations today announced a new coordinated effort to advocate for maintaining the confidentiality of SUD patients in the face of proposals to eradicate these essential rights.

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ACTION ALERT: CALL YOUR U.S. SENATORS TODAY AND ASK THEM TO OPPOSE GRAHAM-CASSIDY

The Senate is again debating legislation that would repeal major provisions of the ACA/Obamacare, restructure the Medicaid program, impose huge funding cuts and gut pre-existing condition protections.  Spearheaded by Senators Graham (R-SC) and Cassidy (R-LA), this legislation would be devastating to people who need addiction and mental health care.  Graham-Cassidy would result in tens of millions of people losing their health insurance and strip away coverage and protections for people needing addiction and mental health care.

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Federal Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Aetna for Breaching HIV Privacy of 12,000 Customers

The Legal Action Center, AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, and Berger & Montague, P.C. filed a federal class action lawsuit today against Aetna for its repeated failure to respect the privacy rights of people taking HIV medication by mailing its customers Aetna envelopes where their HIV medication was visible through the large transparent window of the envelopes.

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Aetna breaches HIV privacy of customers in multiple states

A group of people living with HIV are demanding the health insurer Aetna immediately stop a practice they say violates federal and state privacy laws and exposes them to potential discrimination.

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New Sample Consent Forms – 42 CFR Part 2

The Legal Action Center (LAC) has created several sample consent forms for the release of confidential substance use disorder patient records.

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LAC Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Barclays Center

The Legal Action Center and co-counsel, Francis & Mailman, P.C., filed a federal class action lawsuit on July 14th against the Barclays Center, a major sports and entertainment venue in Brooklyn, NY, also home to the Brooklyn Nets and New York Islanders.

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