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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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Alabama’s costly catch-22 Medicaid waiver plan would punish parents in poverty

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Monday, July 2, 2018, in response to Alabama Medicaid’s submission of a “work requirement” proposal for federal approval: “Alabama Medicaid’s work requirement proposal would create a no-win situation for thousands of parents living in deep poverty. They’ll lose health coverage if they don’t get [...]
Date
July 2, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
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U.S. Senate vote to protect SNAP is great news for Alabama

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Thursday, June 28, 2018, in response to the U.S. Senate’s 86-11 vote for a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): “SNAP helps nearly 900,000 Alabamians make ends meet, and we’re pleased that the Senate voted overwhelmingly today for [...]
Date
June 28, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
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House Farm Bill would take food assistance from thousands of Alabamians, hurt rural communities

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Thursday, June 21, 2018, in response to the U.S. House’s passage of a Farm Bill that would cut food assistance for millions of Americans: “The U.S. House just voted to make life harder for tens of thousands of Alabamians. The House Farm Bill [...]
Date
June 21, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
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Congress should embrace Farm Bill without SNAP cuts, following lead of U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee vote

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Wednesday, June 13, 2018, in response to the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee’s vote to approve a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): “SNAP plays a vital role in feeding tens of millions of children, parents, seniors, people with [...]
Date
June 13, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
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U.S. House vote against Farm Bill shows need to reject SNAP cuts, take bipartisan approach to fighting hunger

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy analyst Carol Gundlach issued the following statement Friday, May 18, 2018, in response to the U.S. House vote against a Farm Bill that would have cut food assistance for millions of struggling Americans: “The U.S. House was right to reject a harmful Farm Bill that would have left millions of [...]
Date
May 18, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
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Proposed CHIP cut would hurt Alabama’s working families

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in response to President Trump’s proposal to cut $7 billion from the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP): “The last thing Alabama parents need is yet more uncertainty about their children’s health coverage. But just four months after Congress reached an [...]
Date
May 9, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
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Alabama Arise names Robyn Hyden as next executive director

The Board of Directors of Alabama Arise has chosen Robyn Hyden as the organization’s next executive director. Hyden will begin her tenure in July. She will take over for Arise’s current executive director, Kimble Forrister, who will retire in June after 27 years leading the organization. Hyden joins Arise from the United Way of Central [...]
Date
April 28, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
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Farm Bill proposal would take food from thousands of Alabamians, jeopardize rural communities

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy analyst Carol Gundlach issued the following statement Friday, April 13, 2018, in response to the release of the draft 2018 Farm Bill by Republicans on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee: “The proposed Farm Bill would increase hunger and hardship across Alabama by undercutting the best anti-poverty program we have: the [...]
Date
April 13, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
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‘Flagrantly cruel’ Medicaid changes would mean ‘poorer, more desperate and less healthy Alabama families,’ Arise tells state officials

Alabama’s proposed new Medicaid work requirement waiver would be costly, counterproductive, ineffective and harmful to thousands of families who live in deep poverty, Arise Citizens’ Policy Project wrote in official comments submitted to state Medicaid officials on Thursday, March 22, 2018. “Threatening loss of health care in an attempt to force work efforts, without providing the [...]
Date
March 22, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
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Alabama mothers, children bear brunt of proposed new Medicaid restrictions

Alabama’s bid to impose a work requirement on parents receiving Medicaid could cost as many as 8,700 people their health coverage in the first year, mainly affecting mothers whose children also would feel the impact, according to a new analysis by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (ACPP). [...]
Issue
Health
Date
March 1, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders