No one should have to go without the medical care they need simply because they can’t afford it. Investments in Medicaid, ALL Kids, mental health care and other health services help Alabamians stay healthy and productive, and they lay the foundation for a future where all of our residents have a chance to thrive, regardless of their income or background.
Arise works to identify and eliminate the structural barriers that prevent many of our friends and neighbors across the state from accessing the health care they need. We examine how a variety of policy solutions, including Medicaid expansion, would help break down those walls and strengthen the health care infrastructure on which all Alabamians rely.
It’s time for Alabama to prove we care about mothers and children
Universal school breakfast would benefit Alabama’s children in many ways
Universal school breakfast would improve areas such as child hunger, chronic absenteeism, adolescent mental health and standardized testing.
‘No one should have to go through what I did’
When Diana Isom became pregnant with her first son, Keenan, back in 2021, it was what she’d always wanted.
“My husband and I had been trying for years. I was so happy, but immediately started thinking about timing,” Diana said.
Timing is always a big consideration for most first-time parents, but for Diana and her husband, Luke, things were a little more complicated. When Luke lost his job suddenly, he had to start training in a new technical field. This meant he lost the private health coverage they had previously.
Alabama Arise toolkit on the Medicaid ‘unwinding’ period
Alabamians at every income level should be able to get the health care they need to survive and thrive. Medicaid plays a vital role toward meeting that goal, providing health coverage for more than 1 million Alabamians with low incomes. But tens of thousands of Alabamians may lose their Medicaid coverage by June 2024 in a process called “unwinding.”
See the Gap: ‘Medicaid expansion would end up creating more revenue for the business’
See the Gap: ‘I needed help but couldn’t afford it’
The smiles in Eryn Mullins’ photos jump off the screen. But she’ll be the first to tell you it wasn’t always this way. “I was on my dad’s insurance, and then suddenly, I wasn’t. I was uninsured for three years after that,” Eryn said.
June 2023 newsletter
The June 2023 newsletter features a recap of the 2023 Alabama legislative session as well as coverage from our Legislative Day.