Opioid Symposium - Panel 1: Access to Addiction Medical Care

Date: March 10, 2021
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual event
Category: Conference

Please join us for the first panel of the Journal of Law in Society’s 2021 Symposium, in partnership with the Levin Center!

This panel will explore the barriers that individuals with opioid and other substance use disorders face in accessing medical treatment for addiction.  Focus will be on what challenges people who have insurance face in accessing treatment, and why these challenges have not been successfully eliminated.  This panel will consider the limits of mental health parity, why insurers are incentivized to deny treatment, economic precarity within the insured opioid user population, and what state and federal policy options there are to change the existing incentives. 

Speakers will include:

  • Valarie Blake, Professor of Law at West Virginia University,
  • Katherine Vukadin, Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law Houston,
  • Taleed El-Sabawi, Assistant Professor of Law at Elon University, and
  • Matthew Lawrence, Associate Professor at Emory School of Law.