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Public policy barriers prevent far too many Alabamians from getting ahead. Our duty is to speak out against those barriers and identify solutions to give everyone an opportunity to reach their full potential. Check out our news releases and press statements about our research, organizing and advocacy for policies to make life better for Alabamians who are struggling to make ends meet.

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Medicaid expansion would improve life for all Alabamians, new Arise report shows

Expanding Medicaid to cover adults with low incomes would build on the program’s successes and save hundreds of lives every year, according to a new report that Alabama Arise released Wednesday. Arise’s report, Medicaid Matters: Charting the Course to a Healthier Alabama, illustrates why Medicaid expansion is so critical for the state at this moment [...]
Issues
Health, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
June 17, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
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Alabama Arise urges new federal guidance on return to unsafe working conditions

Workers shouldn't have to choose between their lives and their livelihoods. That's why Alabama Arise joined more than 220 organizations across the country Tuesday in a letter urging the U.S. Department of Labor to act aggressively to protect workers who are at higher risk from COVID-19. Existing federal laws protect workers from losing eligibility for [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Coronavirus
Date
May 13, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
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Cover Alabama Coalition: Medicaid expansion is essential to state’s recovery

A nonpartisan alliance of more than 60 Alabama organizations has come together to urge Gov. Kay Ivey to say yes to Medicaid expansion. The Cover Alabama Coalition, which launched Wednesday, is calling on Ivey to close the health coverage gap for workers who don’t have employer-based insurance and can’t afford to purchase insurance on their [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
April 15, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
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Striking down the ACA would undermine health security for all Alabamians

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit struck down the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate on Wednesday. The court then returned the case to a district judge to consider whether other parts of the law can remain intact after the ruling. Alabama Arise policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Thursday in [...]
Issue
Health
Date
December 19, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
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More Alabama children were uninsured in 2018 than in 2016, new report shows

Alabama’s rate of uninsured children has moved in the wrong direction since 2016, according to a report released Wednesday by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families. The state’s uninsured rate for children (3.5%) remained one of the best in the South and was far below the national average (5.2%) in 2018. But after years [...]
Issue
Health
Date
October 30, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
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Alabama’s higher ed funding cuts since 2008 are the nation’s worst

Alabama has slashed its per-student state higher education funding more than any other state over the last decade, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonpartisan research organization based in Washington, D.C. Since 2008, Alabama has cut state higher education funding by 36.2%, or $4,466 per student, [...]
Issues
Budgets, Economic Opportunity
Date
October 24, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
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Alabama’s uninsured rate is growing because we haven’t expanded Medicaid

U.S. Census findings released Tuesday show that about 32,000 more Alabamians were uninsured in 2018 than in 2017. They also found that the state’s uninsured rate remained higher than the national average. Alabama Arise policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement in response: “No one should have to go without the medical care they [...]
Issues
Health, Economic Opportunity, Medicaid Expansion
Date
September 10, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
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Alabama Arise members vow to renew ‘untax groceries’ push in 2020

Ending the state sales tax on groceries is one of the top goals on Alabama Arise’s 2020 legislative agenda. Nearly 200 Arise members picked the organization’s issue priorities at its annual meeting Saturday in Montgomery. The seven issues chosen were: Tax reform, including untaxing groceries and ending the state’s upside-down deduction for federal income taxes, [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion
Date
September 9, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
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New federal public charge rule will hurt families and children across Alabama

A new Department of Homeland Security regulation published Monday will harm the health and well-being of thousands of Alabama families. The so-called public charge rule also will threaten access to health and human services programs for U.S.-born citizen children. When proposed last fall, the regulation drew more than 266,000 public comments, overwhelmingly in opposition. The feedback [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Safety Net
Date
August 13, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
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Civil asset forfeiture transparency bill is a good start, but Alabamians still need much stronger protections

The Alabama House on Thursday passed SB 191, which would increase transparency around civil asset forfeiture in the state, sending it to Gov. Kay Ivey. Alabama Arise executive director Robyn Hyden issued the following statement in response: “SB 191’s passage is a good first step toward bringing more transparency to Alabama’s civil asset forfeiture practices. [...]
Issue
Criminal Justice
Date
May 30, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders