Announcements, information and updates from the AG Alliance Members and Associates
August 20, 2020
UPCOMING VIRTUAL SESSIONS
Cybersecurity Subcommittee Virtual Session*
TODAY
1 - 4pm ET

**Registration is not automatic, open to AGOs and group members only
COVID Recovery Fees and Other Surcharges: A Consumer Protection Discussion 
Thursday, September 24th
1 - 1:30pm ET

Look for more details in the coming weeks!
HOT TOPICS
MORTGAGE REFINANCING

Consumers will have to pay more to refinance their mortgages after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac announced that they are raising fees for lenders on the loans.
BIG TECH

Apple became the first U.S. company to hit a $2 trillion valuation; the second $1 trillion came in the past 21 weeks, highlighting big tech's grip on the economy and society.
IN THE NEWS - MEDICAID FRAUD
  • A newly unsealed lawsuit accuses Molina Healthcare of cutting corners in its mental health services for children and defrauding Medicaid in the process.


  • Kansas AG Schmidt: An Edwards County woman has been ordered to repay $30,000 to the Kansas Medicaid Program after pleading guilty to Medicaid fraud-related charges.

  • Alaska AG Clarkson and the Alaska Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MFCU) announced that Alaska has received $608,489.78 as part of a settlement regarding allegations of fraud against Universal Health Services, Inc.

  • Nevada AG Ford announced the sentencing of a Las Vegas Medicaid health care business on the basis of false billing and fraud.

  • Two recent Louisiana Legislative Auditor reports taken together challenge a little more than $1 million in billings for the multibillion-dollar Medicaid program. But lawmakers questioned whether those reports hint at larger problems with provider fraud.
ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTIONS
CALIFORNIA CONSUMER PRIVACY ACT


CONSUMER PROTECTION

  • New York AG James announced that the state will renew for the fifth time, an order first made in March, to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection. 

  • Colorado AG Weiser announced that his office has reached a settlement in two precedent-setting lawsuits involving Colorado’s right to enforce its interest rate limits on consumer loans to protect residents from predatory lending practices.

INTERNET ACCESS/CONNECTIVITY

  • Arkansas AG Rutledge wrote an Op-Ed, addressing how Arkansas businesses and residents are more reliant than ever on high-speed Internet. From remote learning to working from home to vital telemedicine services, broadband connectivity has never been as important as it is now, yet not everyone has access to sufficient high-speed broadband Internet speeds.

COMBATTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING

  • Missouri AG Schmitt's office is changing how human trafficking is reported in Missouri to help decrease response time and aid cross-jurisdictional cooperation, removing barriers to reporting human trafficking. Instead of using the Missouri-specific hotline, the Attorney General’s Office instead will be using the National Human Trafficking Hotline
COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS

  • Anheuser-Busch is producing and donating more than eight million ounces of hand sanitizer to polling locations across the United States for this November’s General Election.   

  • Mastercard announced it will directly fund LyftUp initiatives focused on providing access to essential rides and delivery services to those most in need during this time. To date, Lyft and Mastercard have helped deliver 1 million healthy meals through over 10 partners during COVID-19.

STUDENT RELIEF

  • Comcast announced the “Internet Essentials Partnership Program,” a new program for cities, schools, and nonprofits to connect large numbers of low-income K-12 students to the Internet at home.

  • Aetna, a CVS Health company announced it will give $100,000 in essential rides for families in school districts around the country, in collaboration with the National School Boards Association (NSBA) and Lyft to help families this school year.  

SOCIAL EQUITY

  • 3M Foundation established a Social Justice Fund to assess local organizations with a focus on legal justice, racial equity and healing. The team ultimately selected four groups to each receive a $250,000 grant in support of their crucial work.

CONTACT TRACING

  • Apple and Google's contact tracing technology will launch in Pennsylvania in September. Virginia, North Dakota, and Wyoming have also launched contact tracing apps using Apple and Google's technology recently.
VIRTUAL SEMINAR LIBRARY
Missed our live programs? No problem! Follow the button below to visit our Virtual Seminar Library for access to all recordings.

Do you have a webinar topic suggestion? We want to hear from you! Please email ideas to Andrea Friedman at AFriedman@AGAlliance.org.
CWAG Executive Committee
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- Jason Ravnsborg - Hector Balderas -

AG Alliance Co-Chairs
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