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.
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…
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…
Recent Powers and Duties Decisions
This article reports on the latest decisions across the country affecting the powers and duties of state attorneys general.
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."
Ethics Corner: Survey of “Ethics Gurus” in AG Offices Reveals Priorities
Amie Ely, director of NAGTRI's Center for Ethics & Public Integrity (CEPI), writes about assembling a cadre of "ethics gurus" from attorneys general offices and summarizes some of the ethics issues that have been identified. One issue addressed is whether prosecutors can ethically advise law enforcement in undercover operations that involve the use of subterfuge.
Attorneys General Urge Repeal of a Federal Law to Address Opioid Supply
Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter late yesterday to congressional leaders, urging them to repeal a 2016 federal law so registered drug manufacturers and distributors who have willfully contributed to the nation’s oversupply of pain killers (opioids), can be held accountable. The “Ensuring Patient Access and Effective Drug Enforcement…
State Sovereign Immunity
Under the doctrine of "state sovereign immunity," a state cannot be sued in federal and state court without its consent, except in limited circumstances. This article walks through Supreme Court jurisprudence on sovereign immunity and explains the different regimes that states have adopted.
Attorneys General Support Federal Bill to Increase Access to Drug Addiction Treatment
Washington, D.C. — The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) is endorsing the federal bill, “Road to Recovery Act” (H.R. 2938) which will help address a lack of treatment for those suffering from drug addiction. The legislation will make treatment affordable for those who need it, and create market incentives for new treatment resources. America’s opioid…
Attorneys General Urge Health Insurance Companies to Reduce Provider Incentives for Prescribing Pain Killers
Washington, D.C.—The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) sent a letter today to America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), asking its insurance company members to review payment and coverage policies and revise them, as needed, to encourage healthcare providers to choose alternatives to prescribing prescription pain relievers known as opioids. Opioid overdoses kill 91 Americans every…