The nation’s attorneys general determine NAAG’s legislative agenda through an endorsement letter process.
Through NAAG endorsement letters, attorneys general:
- Provide invaluable insight to the federal government.
- Voice their support or dissent for federal legislation and policy.
- Communicate recommendations or requests to industry groups or companies.
For NAAG to endorse a legislative initiative or a specific piece of legislation, a bipartisan group of at least 36 attorneys general must submit their approval. While NAAG is a nonpartisan organization, it engages in policy advocacy only when an issue has bipartisan support from a majority of attorneys general. Learn more about our process and how we determine priorities.
Explore recent NAAG policy letters below or learn about other NAAG advocacy initiatives.
“You all were among the first group ever to endorse my violence against women bill…And you’re the reason why it became law. When the attorneys general…signed on, people started to pay a lot more attention.”
States / Territories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.