PRESIDENT CLINTON: Addresses Governors’ Association
President Clinton addressed the National Governors' Association yesterday, asking governors to support his administration's final push for a Medicare prescription drug benefit and health coverage for the uninsured, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports (Dilanian, 7/11). "I've got a lot of hope we can still get something done in the last part of this [congressional] session," Clinton said (Fahys, Salt Lake Tribune, 7/11). Although Clinton's speech was largely well-received by the NGA, several Republicans' lukewarm response led observers to feel it was "unlikely that the Republican Congress will pass any major Clinton program before the president leaves office." Clinton is pushing to expand coverage by allowing CHIP to cover parents, enrolling certain individuals between the ages of 55 and 65 in Medicare and expanding tax credits (Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/11).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.