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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.

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The workers who would benefit most from Medicaid expansion in Alabama

They’re the folks who keep things going: the people who serve food at restaurants, bag groceries, patch roofs and repair cars. They're Alabamians with economically essential jobs that pay low wages. But tens of thousands of these workers have no health coverage. As a result, they often struggle with health problems that sap productivity, add [...]
Issue
Health
Date
July 16, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
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We thank you for helping us reach our goal!

We just finished our 2019 budget year here at Alabama Arise, and we wanted to thank our supporters for another record-breaking year of contributions! Arise's Brenda Boman discusses why support from our individual members is such a key part of our advocacy for a better Alabama.  
Date
July 3, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
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RSVP for our annual meeting in September!

Registration is open for Alabama Arise's 2019 annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 7! Arise members and member groups will vote that day on our priority issues for 2020. Please RSVP by Aug. 30 by clicking here or call the Arise office at 800-832-9060. The meeting will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Aldersgate [...]
Date
June 20, 2019
Author
Alabama Arise
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Why join Arise?

Montgomery is fortunate to be the home of several organizations shining a light on social and economic injustice. While these organizations have a shared goal to create a more just society, each serves a specific role. Here are a few distinctions that, taken together, make Alabama Arise unique: Alabama Arise is completely homegrown and unique [...]
Date
June 19, 2019
Author
Brenda Boman
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Why Arise is focusing on racial equity in our work

It seems to me that we are living through a time of historic political upheaval and transformation. While we continue to push forward policies to increase dignity, equity and justice, too often we end up playing defense. Corporations exert more influence today than ever before to suppress the people’s power to organize and access the [...]
Issue
Economic Opportunity
Date
June 14, 2019
Author
Robyn Hyden
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Arise legislative recap: June 14, 2019

Now that the Alabama Legislature's 2019 regular session has come to a close, we've turned our focus to the expected special session on the state's prison crisis later this year. In our latest video, Arise's Jim Carnes explains how Medicaid expansion is an essential component of fixing the state's prison crisis and increasing economic opportunity [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
June 14, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
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Harmful plan to redefine poverty would cut eligibility for Medicaid, SNAP

Pretending poverty doesn’t exist won’t reduce poverty. But a new federal plan seeks to shrink the federal poverty line, making it a less accurate measure of need. The Office of Management and Budget’s proposal would reduce annual cost-of-living adjustments to the poverty line. And that would have disastrous consequences for millions of struggling Americans. It’s [...]
Issues
Health, Safety Net
Date
June 14, 2019
Author
Carol Gundlach
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Changes are happening in Alabama Medicaid. Help us spread the word!

Starting Oct. 1, 2019, Medicaid begins a new care coordination program. The new plan will create Alabama Coordinated Health Networks (ACHNs) in seven regions of the state. (See the map below.) These ACHNs will coordinate primary care for people with Medicaid coverage. Your ACHN will have a phone line to call when a Medicaid participant (also [...]
Issue
Health
Date
June 11, 2019
Author
Presdelane Harris
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Arise legislative recap: June 7, 2019

Arise's Robyn Hyden looks back at some important policy wins -- and previews what's still to come -- following the conclusion of the Alabama Legislature's 2019 regular session.
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Safety Net
Date
June 7, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
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The 2019 session that was, and the one yet to come

Alabama legislators ended their 2019 regular session last week. But they’re not done yet. Amid the threat of federal intervention, the Legislature likely will hold a special session this fall to address horrendous conditions in our state’s overcrowded prisons. This summer, Arise will continue making the case that meaningful prison reform must include Medicaid expansion. [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Voting Rights
Date
June 7, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders