Nation's governors to address opioid crisis, health care during summer meeting

Oceane Deschanel
Julho 17, 2017

Heller is the most endangered Republican senator up for reelection in 2018 and has not yet said how he plans to vote on the Senate bill.

Connecticut's Gov. Dannel Malloy said Senate Republicans continue to put American lives on the line for no other reason than following through on an ill-advised campaign pledge. But guess what: "It's still a pig".

Further, many governors aligned themselves with their counterparts from Canada and Mexico, and welcomed Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as the keynote speaker Friday, marking the first time a foreign leader has addressed the conference. "The House version certainly didn't do that, and neither did the original Senate version and I'm not going to support anything that translates into a taking, literally just a takeback from the federal government with respect to the commitment they've already made to support health care in Massachusetts", Baker said. Pence and Trudeau met to talk about trade on the sidelines of the meeting.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed former Kentucky State University President Raymond Burse to the University of Louisville board of trustees.

Governor Malloy has often pressed for solutions. That could hit especially hard in Alabama, a relatively poor state where about one million people receive some form of Medicaid coverage.

Sandoval said Pence had some very positive things to say about the effort to make the bill better. It would allow insurers to sell low-priced, skimpy policies and would add billions to combat opioid abuse and help states rein in consumers' skyrocketing insurance costs.

White House launches aggressive push to flip GOP governors opposed to Senate health bill: Sean Sullivan, Juliet Eilperin and Dan Balz of the Washington Post reports: The White House launched an aggressive drive Friday to persuade key Republican governors to stop criticizing a Senate proposal to overhaul the nation's health-care system, urgently pressuring them in public and private ahead of a decisive week for the controversial legislation.

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More than 20 governors discussed ways to curb opioid abuse Thursday during the National Governors Association summer meeting in Providence. There's a high degree of anxiety.

"When I deal with all these governors here, Democrat or Republican, I'm not sure his name has even come up", NGA Chairman and Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe told Politico. No Democrats are supporting the plan.

The latest changes are geared toward increasing access to bare-bones private insurance.

Just to give you an idea of what CT is doing, the state will receive $5.5 million in federal grant money which will go toward the opioid epidemic.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, called that funding a "fig leaf".

Governors say a mix of different approaches are needed to improve the situation, including a more aggressive stance on prescription drugs.

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