Attorneys General Call for Federal Legislation to Return Prescription Drug Settlement Money to the States

We request your assistance in addressing this inequity and recommend federal legislation that would allow the Federal government to return a proportionate share of all Part D recoveries to the states.

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Attorneys General Ask for Simple Amendment to Federal Law to Fight Sex Trafficking

Federal enforcement alone has proved insufficient to stem the growth in online promotion of child sex trafficking. Those on the front lines of the battle against the sexual exploitation of children — state and local law enforcement — must have the clear authority to investigate and prosecute facilitators of these and other horrible crimes.

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Attorneys General Urge Congress to Repeal Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement Act of 2016

The Act, which was signed into law on April 19, 2016, is a step backward in our collective effort to prevent the diversion and misuse of prescription drugs and address our worsening epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose deaths.

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Letter to ABA Expresses Concerns Over Proposed Standards Relating to Postconviction Remedies

We, too, have deep concerns over the sweeping changes to established law and practice that the proposed Standards advocate. And we join in our colleagues’ concern about the impact these Standards would have on the finality of criminal convictions and the interests of crime victims.

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AGs Urge Health Insurance Companies to Reduce Provider Incentives for Prescribing Pain Killers

The undersigned State Attorneys General are urging America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to take proactive steps to encourage your members to review their payment and coverage policies and revise them, as necessary and appropriate, to encourage healthcare providers to prioritize non-opioid pain management options over opioid prescriptions for the treatment of chronic, non-cancer pain.

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AGs Support “Road to Recovery Act”

The Road to Recovery Act will remove an unnecessary restriction on Medicaid funding for in-patient drug treatment. The restriction is a holdover from the original 1965 Medicaid law that was intended to discourage the use of inhumane and ineffective state-run asylums. The bill will remove this restriction for drug treatment while appropriately keeping it in place for mental health institutions. This change has been called for by providers, the medical establishment, governors of both parties and the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis because it will make treatment affordable for those who need it, and create market incentives for new treatment resources. The bill also contains a provision to make it easier for children to access drug treatment.

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National Association of Attorneys General Appoints New Executive Director

Washington, D.C. —The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is announcing the appointment of Chris Toth as its new executive director following the U.S. Senate confirmation of Jim McPherson to serve as general counsel to the U.S. Department of the Army. The leadership transition was effective December 23. McPherson served as NAAG executive director for almost 10 years. He is…

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Attorneys General Partner with Special Olympics

Washington, D.C. —The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), with its membership of 56 state and territory attorneys general, announced today a partnership with Special Olympics and the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR). LETR raises funds for and awareness about the Special Olympics movement worldwide. The national partnership will help increase the number of law enforcement officials involved in…

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The Ethical Duty of Technology Competence: What Does it Mean for You?

In this issue, the Ethics Corner addresses the recently-amended ABA Model Rule 1.1 and what it now means to provide competent representation, "including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology."

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Recent Powers and Duties Decisions

This article reports on the latest decisions across the country affecting the powers and duties of state attorneys general.

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