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ACTION ALERT: Urge Your Senators to Vote NO on the Senate Health Care Repeal Bill

The Senate today released a draft of their version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would repeal major provisions of the ACA/Obamacare. Although there was speculation that the Senate bill might be less harmful than the version approved by the House in May, the Senate proposal would be devastating to people who need addiction and mental health care.

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Legislation to Strengthen Compliance with Parity Law Introduced in NY Senate and Assembly

The Legal Action Center strongly supports the proposed Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Parity Report Act, a bill introduced in the New York Senate and Assembly to improve oversight of health insurers’ compliance with state and federal mental health and substance use disorder parity laws.

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ACLU Releases Report on Fair Chance Hiring

The Legal Action Center congratulates the ACLU and its Trone Private Sector and Education Advisory Council on releasing “Back to Business: How Hiring Formerly Incarcerated Jobseekers Benefits Your Company,” which documents the successful corporate policies that give formerly-incarcerated Americans a fair chance at employment and reentry.

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LAC’s OP-ED IN THE HILL URGES SENATE TO PRIORITIZE ADDICTION CARE and REJECT AHCA

As the Senate debates legislation to ‘repeal and replace’ the Affordable Care Act, LAC President/Director Paul Samuels and founder of the Treatment Research Institute Tom McLellan urge them to prioritize addiction care.

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Governor Cuomo Takes Important Steps to Protect Healthcare Coverage and Equity in New York

The Legal Action Center applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo for taking important steps to protect the health care of New Yorkers in the context of uncertainty about the future of federal health reform. The Governor’s actions will help ensure that New York does not return to a time when insurers could discriminate against people on the basis of race, gender or previous heath conditions.

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New York’s Highest Court Renders Decision in Griffin v. Sirva, Inc.

On May 4, 2017, the New York State Court of Appeals issued its decision in Griffin v. Sirva, Inc., ruling that non-employer third parties can be held liable under the New York State Human Rights Law when they impose discriminatory criminal record hiring criteria on direct employers.

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New York Bar Foundation Awards LAC 5k Grant

The Legal Action Center wishes to share its deepest gratitude to the New York Bar Foundation for its recent award of $5,000 to our organization. The funds will allow LAC to create Part 2 of our web-based tool series “Helping New Yorkers Overcome Criminal Record Barriers.”

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The Passage of Sealing Legislation

While the decision to close Riker’s Island and passage of legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility have been rightly trumpeted as major reforms of some of New York’s most deleterious criminal justice policies and practices, an extremely important piece of progressive legislation has gone largely unnoticed and uncelebrated: beginning in October, hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers will be eligible to have their old criminal convictions sealed.

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Statement on Jordan Edwards

All of us at the Legal Action Center mourn the senseless death of Jordan Edwards. Our hearts are with his family and community.

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ACTION ALERT: Urging a No-Vote on the AHCA

The House may vote this week on the AHCA, which would repeal major provisions of the ACA/Obamacare. It is critical that we make our voices heard …

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