Cuts to Medicaid could worsen US opioid crisis, governors warn

Cuts to Medicaid could worsen US opioid crisis, governors warn

"They see it as an unfair shift of financial burden from the federal government to the states".

So while he wouldn't quite criticize the new bill, [Baker] did reiterate his concern that whatever Congress does, it allows the Medicaid waiver that MA negotiated with the federal government remain in place.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, said Republicans in Congress are "still trying to put lipstick on a pig". "It's on everyone's mind", she said.

Even Democrats from conservative states felt comfortable slamming the latest version of the repeal plan.

The governor has said in the past that losing that Medicaid money would have a financial impact of over $8 billion just to MA alone.


In signing the compact, Dayton and the other governors pledged to build cybersecurity governance structures in their states, and conduct risk assessments to identify vulnerabilities. "It makes no sense and is literally a death warrant for hundreds of thousands of Americans", Malloy said.

State leaders attending this week's National Governors Association's three-day summer meeting discussed healthcare, worldwide trade, and most national news topics, but for the most part, they steered clear of the topic that has featured in most political discussions since the first of the year: President Donald Trump. "She works every day to enhance Rhode Island's biotech growth through her strong support for policies that benefit a pro-jobs environment", said Gary Andres, Senior Executive Vice President of Public Affairs of BIO. "They have pre-existing conditions that they were born with".

Sandoval had characterized his reaction to the latest Republican health care bill as one of "great concern" immediately after it was released Thursday.

I did reach out to Gov. [Chris] Sununu, of New Hampshire, and Gov. [Paul] LePage, of Maine, but didn't hear back from them.

"It's important if anything goes out under the name of the N.G.A. that it has the endorsement of members certainly, and I think there was not consensus on that", Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, a Republican who voiced his discomfort with a joint communiqué during the lunch, said after the session. "Give the states the control and the flexibility and we'll take care of the problem". All four governors' states expanded Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act.

What's ahead for the governors in this meeting? Vice President Mike Pence is expected to address the conference Friday and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma will speak with governors Saturday. He's the first foreign leader to address the NGA. He urged governors to support it.

Sandoval said Pence had some very positive things to say about the effort to make the bill better. Numerous meetings will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center, although some events are scheduled for elsewhere in the city and in Newport.