Public policy should make life better for everyone, not just a select few. Throughout the year, Arise tracks a range of state and federal policy proposals and assesses what they would mean for Alabamians who are struggling to make ends meet. Our blog provides quick updates on these proposals and offers tips on what you can do to help build an Alabama where all people have an opportunity to reach their full potential.
Medicaid expansion: Alabama’s path to long-term health and financial security
With North Carolina having joined the list of Medicaid expansion states, Alabama remains part of a dwindling group of just 10 states that have not closed the health coverage gap. More states are starting to realize the benefits of Medicaid expansion and finally adopting this life-saving measure. But Alabama unfortunately remains an outlier. By failing [...]
Arise legislative update: May 30, 2023
As the Alabama Legislature's 2023 regular session begins to wind down, Arise's Carol Gundlach looks at the House passage of HB 479, a major breakthrough on our longtime goal of reducing the state sales tax on groceries. She also discusses four major budget bills headed to the governor's desk.
Arise legislative update: May 22, 2023
Arise's Akiesha Anderson shares some good news from last week's action at the Alabama Legislature. Those breakthroughs include the introduction of a House bill to reduce the state grocery tax, with nearly every representative joining as a co-sponsor. We also saw progress on several criminal justice reform bills, including the passage of SB 154, which [...]
What Medicaid members need to know about Alabama Medicaid’s ‘unwinding’
After a continuous enrollment period brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, Alabama Medicaid has begun an unwinding process. This “unwinding” will end Medicaid coverage for Medicaid members who don’t meet certain criteria. Read below to find out more about this process, including when and how Medicaid members will need to certify their eligibility. Click here [...]
Arise legislative update: May 15, 2023
Arise's Akiesha Anderson breaks down recent developments at the Alabama Legislature, including the committee approval of a troubling bill that could redirect a large amount of public school funding to private schools. She also discusses legislation we're excited about, including the continuing progress of a bill that would greatly reduce the number of driver's license [...]
Arise legislative update: May 8, 2023
Arise's Robyn Hyden provides an update on recent action at the Alabama Legislature, including why we support the latest proposal to reduce the state grocery tax. She also discusses how lawmakers made positive changes to the Education Trust Fund budget and why we oppose bills that would limit voting rights and make life harder for [...]
Arise legislative update: May 1, 2023
Arise's Mike Nicholson provides an update on a few criminal justice bills in the Alabama Legislature's 2023 regular session, including one to end many debt-based driver's license suspensions. He also explains ways Arise is providing up-to-date information on bills we're watching and how you can get involved with our movement for change.
Arise legislative update: April 24, 2023
Arise's Carol Gundlach discusses what we're watching for as the 2024 General Fund budget advances to the House floor. She also reviews the package of business tax breaks that the Alabama Legislature enacted last week.
Alabama lawmakers allocated the state’s final $1 billion of ARPA funds. What comes next?
As the Alabama Legislature begins to craft the 2024 General Fund budget, decisions made during last month’s special session should provide lawmakers with more flexibility to meet ongoing needs for our state. With additional near-term funding already in place for key priorities, legislators should seize the opportunity to improve the quality of life for every [...]
Walker County Medicaid town hall 2023
Alabama Arise and Cover Alabama co-hosted a Medicaid town hall in Jasper on April 10, 2023. Speakers discussed the importance of Medicaid expansion and how our state can afford it, as well as the cruelty of the Medicaid coverage gap. To learn more and join our movement to expand Medicaid in Alabama, visit coveralabama.org.