Law had an interesting take on Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's intervening/interfering on issues regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
(In a one-week period, one of the two companies designated by the federal government to provide navigator services -- West Virginia Parent Training, Inc. - announced it would no longer participate and was turning down a $365,758 grant, after Morrisey sent the organization a letter with numerous questions about how it would manage the grant.
Perhaps not coincidentally, Aetna/Coventry Health Care announced it had pulled out of the West Virginia insurance exchange, leaving Blue Cross/Blue Shield as the only provider on the state exchange.)
Law commented: "It is interesting that business types, particularly insurance types who probably supported Morrisey's candidacy over incumbent Democrat Darrell McGraw, don't now have a nice thing to say about him since he is threatening their lucrative contracts."
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Speaking of lucrative and health care, regarding last week's item about rumors that Big Pharma is shopping around for candidates to challenge House Health and Human Resources Chairman Don Perdue, D-Wayne, Consumer Healthcare Products Association lobbyist Abby Sobonya issued this statement:
"I have not worked to recruit a candidate to run against Chairman Don Perdue, nor would I. I have the utmost respect for Chairman Perdue, all legislators and those on either side of the pseudoephedrine issue. I contacted Chairman Perdue today and informed him that the accusations are completely false." (Naturally.)
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Finally, I've been covering the statehouse long enough to discern certain things, like location has a big impact on legislators' attendance at national conferences.
In 2007, when the Council of State Governments had its national conference at the El Conquistador resort in Puerto Rico, 26 legislators attended.
This year's CSG conference, which runs Thursday-Sunday, is in Kansas City, and not even Delegate Danny Wells, D-Kanawha, is going.
As of Friday, only one legislator - Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley -- was registered to attend...
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.