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Learn about Hunger Free Alabama

Alabama Arise is proud to have joined with groups across the state as partners in the Hunger Free Alabama coalition. Our goal is bold and essential: to prevent and eliminate hunger and malnutrition in Alabama through advocacy for better public policies. In our new video, coalition members Drew Glover and Celsa Allende Stallworth discuss Hunger [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Health
Date
October 31, 2022
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

Alabama Arise unveils 2023 roadmap for change in Alabama

Expanding Medicaid and ending the state sales tax on groceries will remain top goals on Alabama Arise’s 2023 legislative agenda. More than 400 members voted on Arise’s issue priorities in recent days after the organization’s annual meeting Saturday. The seven issues chosen were: Adequate budgets for human services like education, health care and child care, [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion
Date
September 29, 2022
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Here’s what Alabama Arise heard from you in summer 2022!

We deeply value the input we get from Alabama Arise members, our allies and most importantly, those directly affected by the work we do together. We depend on what we hear to help guide our issue work and our strategies. Despite the ongoing challenges of connecting in person, we kept working at finding ways to [...]
Issues
Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights
Date
September 20, 2022
Author
Presdelane Harris
News Releases

New Census data reveals how good policy choices can cut poverty, keep Alabamians healthier

People-friendly federal policies reduced poverty and made it easier for people to get health care in 2021, U.S. Census figures released this week show. Perhaps the most eye-opening improvement was a dramatic reduction in child poverty nationwide. The recent Child Tax Credit (CTC) expansion alone kept 5.3 million Americans above the poverty line. The one-year [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health, Tax Reform
Date
September 15, 2022
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Alabama Arise helps empower advocates to fight cervical cancer

[caption id="attachment_7241" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Alabama Arise staff members Jennifer Harris, Whitney Washington, Presdelane Harris and Whit Sides (left to right) presented at an advocacy training for Black women from Alabama’s Black Belt region Aug. 26-28, 2022, in Birmingham. Arise will continue to assist the women in coming months as they work to reduce cervical cancer [...]
Issue
Health
Date
September 9, 2022
Author
Whitney Washington
News Releases

Inflation Reduction Act will make Alabama a healthier state

Alabama Arise executive director Robyn Hyden released the following statement Monday in response to the U.S. Senate’s passage of the Inflation Reduction Act on Sunday: “The Inflation Reduction Act will help build a healthier future for people across Alabama. This plan will make health coverage more affordable for hundreds of thousands of Alabamians and millions [...]
Issues
Health, Tax Reform, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets
Date
August 8, 2022
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

ARPA 101: How the American Rescue Plan Act can build a more equitable Alabama

The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched families, hospitals, schools, businesses and food banks across Alabama to their limits. Like tens of millions of other Americans, local and state officials have had to adapt to new challenges and respond to existing health and economic challenges exacerbated by the pandemic over the last two years. Congress reacted to [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net
Date
June 28, 2022
Author
Blog

Community-driven ideas can improve health outcomes

Imagine a world where the people most harmed by hunger and food insecurity exercise their power to propose their own solutions to address this social determinant of health. What might happen if health care systems were responsive to those solutions? And what if a group of dedicated community leaders, organizations and civic groups rallied together [...]
Issue
Health
Date
May 10, 2022
Author
Presdelane Harris
Blog

Summer food service programs need to be preserved

The COVID-19 pandemic added to the hunger challenges already facing many Alabamians. In response came a wave of federal flexibilities and waivers for the nation’s programs that feed children. As a result, many Alabama students have received nutritious, often free meals with fewer administrative barriers. However, many of these child nutrition waivers could be coming [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Coronavirus, Health
Date
May 10, 2022
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

A life-saving move: Alabama extends postpartum Medicaid coverage

Alabama is on its way to reducing maternal mortality and improving health for families across the state ‒ but we can’t stop here. Lawmakers and Gov. Kay Ivey last month enacted a budget that extends postpartum Medicaid coverage to a full year after childbirth. That is up from the previous cutoff of only 60 days [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
May 10, 2022
Author
Personal Stories

Postpartum Medicaid extension brings a glimmer of hope for new mothers in Alabama

This story originally appeared on AL.com. On Mother’s Day in 2014, I found out I was pregnant. For me, the existential dread set in just as deeply as the morning sickness. Motherhood and its crushing weight had been drilled into me my entire life. I told myself it was too hard, that I just wasn’t [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
May 9, 2022
Author
Whit Sides
Blog

Community eligibility helps keep children fed in Alabama

Arise's Celida Soto Garcia explains how the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) helps more than 450 high-poverty schools across Alabama offer breakfast and lunch to students at no charge. Now is the time to contact school superintendents and urge them to opt into CEP if their districts are eligible to participate. A full transcript can be [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Health
Date
May 5, 2022
Author
Celida Soto Garcia
Blog

Join us for Town Hall Tuesdays!

Listening is key to shaping and advancing public policies that matter most to those marginalized by bad policies. Alabama Arise depends on what we hear to help guide our work toward our vision of a better Alabama for all. Our online Town Hall Tuesdays will return once again this year. These events are a chance [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Safety Net, Voting Rights
Date
May 2, 2022
Author
Presdelane Harris
Blog

Highs and lows: Alabama Arise’s look back at the 2022 regular session

The Alabama Legislature’s 2022 regular session adjourned sine die late on Thursday, April 7. Lawmakers capped off the session’s last week with intense debates and late nights, with the final gavel dropping just before midnight. Alabama Arise is grateful for the many positive outcomes that came out of the State House this year. We also [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Voting Rights
Date
April 12, 2022
Author
Blog

Arise legislative update: April 12, 2022

Arise's Robyn Hyden breaks down successes and missed opportunities from the Alabama Legislature's 2022 regular session, which ended Thursday night. She highlights breakthroughs on federal ARPA funds, postpartum Medicaid extension and criminal justice reform, among other issues.
Issues
Health, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Budgets, Criminal Justice
Date
April 12, 2022
Author
Blog

Arise legislative recap: April 4, 2022

Arise's Jane Adams shares the good news that next year's General Fund budget includes a provision that would extend Medicaid postpartum coverage to one year after childbirth, up from the current 60 days. The budget has passed both the Alabama House and Senate and has gone to the governor.
Issues
Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health
Date
April 4, 2022
Author
Blog

Grocery tax, health care key Arise focuses this year

Untax groceries. Expand health coverage. Make the criminal justice system more just. Those are a few of Alabama Arise’s major priorities during the Legislature’s 2022 regular session. And we’re making real progress toward turning those goals into realities. Untaxing groceries Ending the state’s regressive sales tax on groceries has been a longtime Arise priority. It [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Tax Reform, Medicaid Expansion
Date
March 7, 2022
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

New poll: More than 7 in 10 Alabamians support Medicaid expansion

More than seven in 10 Alabamians (71.5%), including 65.8% of Republican voters, support expanding Medicaid when told about arguments in support of the idea, according to a new poll commissioned by Alabama Arise. The poll also showed robust bipartisan support for using a portion of the state’s funding under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets
Date
February 10, 2022
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

New poll: Alabamians strongly support use of ARPA funds to protect rural hospitals, increase mental health services

Alabama’s likely voters overwhelmingly support using federal COVID-19 relief funds to increase funding for mental health and rural hospitals, according to a new Alabama Arise poll released Monday. More than four in five respondents (81.1%) supported using a portion of Alabama’s funding under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to invest in rural hospitals and [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Coronavirus
Date
January 24, 2022
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Six ways Alabama should use ARPA funds to build a better, more inclusive future

The Alabama Legislature’s 2022 regular session, which began Tuesday, will be unusual in one important way. For the first time in many years, Alabama has more than enough revenue to maintain its bare-bones public services. That means instead of scrambling to avoid cuts, the legislative focus can be on strengthening investments in our state’s future. [...]
Issues
Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Economic Opportunity
Date
January 14, 2022
Author
Carol Gundlach
Fact Sheet

Funding surge is a path for Alabama to untax groceries, expand Medicaid

Alabama’s broken tax system usually starves our state of money to fund education, public health and other basic responsibilities adequately. But 2022 may be different. Record tax revenues and a surge of federal recovery dollars could allow lawmakers to address longstanding state needs and inequities – if they have the political courage: Tax revenues for [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
December 21, 2021
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Funding boosts bring opportunity to invest in Alabama’s future

Alabama’s broken tax system usually starves our state of money to fund basic responsibilities adequately. But 2022 may be different. Record tax revenues and a surge of federal recovery dollars could allow lawmakers to address longstanding state needs and inequities – if they have the political courage. State revenues that pay for our schools, including [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Tax Reform, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
December 10, 2021
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

A year to strengthen our communities

We can’t even begin to summarize all the momentous federal policy advances realized in 2021 in one newsletter. This year brought passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the infrastructure package. It brought expansion of the Child Tax Credit. And we hope it will bring the forthcoming passage of the Build Back Better [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
December 10, 2021
Author
Robyn Hyden
Blog

Arise legislative recap: Nov. 9, 2021

Arise policy analyst Dev Wakeley looks back at the Alabama Legislature’s second special session, which ended last week. Dev discusses lawmakers’ actions related to redistricting and COVID-19 vaccinations, as well as federal relief funding for hospitals and nursing homes.
Issues
Budgets, Health, Other, Coronavirus
Date
November 9, 2021
Author
Blog

Recovering from Alabama’s costly mistake on COVID-19 recovery funds

This post originally appeared on the Economic Policy Institute's blog. When the Alabama Legislature gathered for a special session in September, it made a shortsighted and costly mistake. Lawmakers chose to allocate $400 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) money ‒ about 20% of Alabama’s federal COVID-19 relief funds ‒ to help finance a [...]
Issues
Housing, Public Transportation, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
November 8, 2021
Author
Dev Wakeley
Personal Stories

When Alabama’s coverage gap hit home for my family

This story originally appeared on AL.com. Our borders have become irregular as COVID-19 closes in on almost every part of our lives. The pandemic has made all of us realize how the shapes of our families are becoming irreparably different. This summer, the shape of my own life changed. Cathy Parker was one of my [...]
Issues
Health, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
October 27, 2021
Author
Whit Sides
News Releases

Alabama Arise unveils members’ 2022 roadmap for change

Sentencing reform and voting rights expansion are two key goals on Alabama Arise’s 2022 legislative agenda. Members voted for Arise’s issue priorities this week after nearly 300 people attended the organization’s online annual meeting Saturday. The seven issues chosen were: Tax reform, including untaxing groceries and ending the state’s upside-down deduction for federal income taxes, [...]
Issues
Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation
Date
October 1, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Alabama Arise keeps listening. Here’s what we heard in 2021!

Listening is a core value of Alabama Arise. We deeply value the input we get from our members, our allies and most importantly, those directly affected by the work we do together. We depend on what we hear to help guide our issue work and our strategies. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic continued to challenge us [...]
Issues
Housing, Public Transportation, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Coronavirus, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
September 22, 2021
Author
Presdelane Harris
Blog

Alabama Arise’s administrative advocacy: Big wins in the policy margins

Unlike legislative advocacy, administrative advocacy is an aspect of Alabama Arise’s work we don’t talk about often. Yet that’s where some of our biggest policy wins happen. State agencies and leaders can accomplish some important policy changes via rule changes. Sometimes legislators pass policies with good intentions, but administrative barriers and red tape stop them [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Housing, Safety Net, Coronavirus
Date
September 7, 2021
Author
Robyn Hyden
Resources

The State of Working Alabama 2021: What policy barriers should Alabama remove on this Labor Day?

It’s Labor Day weekend. The days are ever so slightly cooler. Football season has started. And Alabama’s economy is officially “open for business.” So why are so many jobs still going unfilled in our state? Why are employers looking for workers and not finding them? A look at some very interesting data can provide a [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Health, Public Transportation, Safety Net
Date
September 3, 2021
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Special session(s) ahead in Alabama? How Arise is preparing

Alabama Arise’s work for equity, justice and opportunity persisted after the Legislature’s regular session ended. We’ll renew our commitment to those principles when Arise members choose 2022 issue priorities after the Sept. 25 annual meeting. And we’ll keep up the drumbeat when lawmakers return later this year for one or more expected special sessions. Alabama’s [...]
Issues
Health, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice
Date
September 2, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
Member Resources

Get involved with the Cover Alabama campaign!

Click here to download a printable PDF of the Cover Alabama flyer. Help us build a better, healthier Alabama for everyone! Alabama Arise is a proud member of the Cover Alabama Coalition. Cover Alabama is a nonpartisan alliance of more than 110 advocacy groups, businesses, community organizations, consumer groups, health care providers and religious congregations [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
July 21, 2021
Author
News Releases

42 Alabama groups urge Ivey to drive transformative change with federal COVID-19 relief funds

Alabama should build a more equitable and inclusive future by using federal COVID-19 relief money for transformational investments in public health and economic opportunity, according to a letter that 42 churches and organizations across the state sent to Gov. Kay Ivey this week. Alabama Arise is among the groups that co-signed the letter. The American [...]
Issues
Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health
Date
July 8, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
Letters & Testimony

To strengthen the common good: Six principles for allocating Alabama’s ARPA funding

Introduction Dear Governor Ivey, One of the darkest years in recent memory has put Alabama’s families, communities, health system, businesses – and our leaders at all levels – to the test. Thank you for all your efforts to keep Alabamians safe and secure during this unprecedented emergency. Now that a post-COVID world is dawning, the [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice
Date
July 7, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Federal relief funds could transform Alabama’s future

How often have we gotten to say that it’s raining money in Alabama? That’s the image that comes to mind as the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), passed in March, begins to direct more than $4 billion in new federal funds into the state over the next three years. The funding could help Alabama make [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets
Date
June 8, 2021
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

The dark road not taken in the 2021 regular session

Predicting actions and outcomes of a legislative session is never an easy bet. When the Alabama Legislature opened its 2021 regular session in February, our crystal ball was even cloudier than usual. Strong currents of anxiety were sweeping the country amid fear and frustration over COVID-19 and precautionary measures, conflicting beliefs about racial justice and [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Voting Rights, Coronavirus
Date
June 8, 2021
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Arise advances justice in a pandemic session

Advocacy barriers for Alabama Arise members were extraordinarily high during the Legislature’s 2021 regular session. The COVID-19 pandemic limited physical access to the State House and made a difficult policy landscape even rockier. But Arise members were undeterred. They spoke out forcefully and repeatedly for justice and opportunity. And the result was real, meaningful progress [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Safety Net
Date
June 8, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

You’re invited to Arise’s 2021 Town Hall Tuesdays!

Arise’s statewide online summer listening sessions are a chance to hear what’s happening on key state policy issues and share your vision for our 2022 policy agenda. Register now to help identify emerging issues and inform our work to build a better Alabama. We’d love to see you at any or all of these sessions! [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Economic Opportunity
Date
May 27, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Arise legislative recap: May 27, 2021

Arise's Robyn Hyden recaps the Alabama Legislature's 2021 regular session. She discusses several policy wins that Arise members should celebrate, including the defeat of legislation that would limit the right to protest and passage of a bill to promote equitable access to broadband.
Issues
Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
May 27, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

New report profiles essential workers most likely to lack health coverage in Alabama

Medicaid expansion would increase access to life-saving health care while also advancing racial and gender equity in Alabama, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF). Expansion also would ensure coverage for tens of thousands of essential workers in industries like health care, retail and construction. “Everyone in [...]
Issues
Health, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
April 28, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Alabama Arise Action 2021 annual meeting

The Arise policy and campaign teams gave updates on criminal justice reform, voting rights, Medicaid expansion and other issue priorities during Alabama Arise Action's annual meeting last week. Sen. Kirk Hatcher, D-Montgomery, also called in to provide insight from the legislative side of the 2021 regular session. (Note: The video captions were generated live during [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
April 26, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
Personal Stories

‘It’s time for someone to stick up for us’: Walker County’s need for Medicaid expansion

[caption id="attachment_5522" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Rev. Robin Hinkle is the rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Jasper. Her ministry has greatly scaled up food assistance to the community to help ease financial suffering during the COVID-19 recession. (Photo courtesy of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church)[/caption] Walker County has gained notoriety in recent years as one of [...]
Issues
Health, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
April 15, 2021
Author
Whit Sides
Blog

Money matters: Budgets top priority for session; lawmakers also discussing Medicaid expansion, criminal justice reform, voting rights this year

As the Alabama Legislature approaches the 2021 regular session's final days, both state budgets are halfway to passage. The Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget has passed in the Senate and is in the House’s education budget committee. The General Fund (GF) budget, which funds all non-education services, has cleared the House and awaits Senate committee [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Voting Rights
Date
April 14, 2021
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

American Rescue Plan Act offers path to recovery

As vaccinations continue across Alabama, COVID-19’s viselike grip on our lives is loosening. The pandemic has caused immense physical, emotional and economic suffering, and those aftereffects will not fade quickly. But the American Rescue Plan Act – the federal relief package that President Joe Biden signed March 11 – includes many important policies to begin [...]
Issues
Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health, Housing, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus
Date
April 13, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

A healthier Alabama is just over the horizon

I am thrilled to report that Alabama is closer to expanding Medicaid today than we’ve ever been before! Thanks to your strong advocacy, our leaders are beginning to see the connections between the COVID-19 pandemic and unequal access to health care. They’re facing the fact that rural communities, primary care providers and everyday Alabamians are [...]
Issues
Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Health
Date
April 8, 2021
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Arise legislative recap: April 5, 2021

Arise's Jim Carnes provides an update on several good bills that won committee approval, including legislation to repeal Alabama's broken and harmful Habitual Felony Offender Act. He also acknowledges a disturbing trend of bills that aim to limit the power of Alabama's public health officials to respond to pandemics and other emergencies.
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health
Date
April 5, 2021
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

New Medicaid expansion incentive clears the path to a healthier Alabama

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 answers a question Alabama policymakers have been asking for years: How can we pay for Medicaid expansion? It’s a solution that lawmakers should embrace immediately to build a better, healthier future for our state. And it’s a step you can urge the governor to take today. An incentive [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
March 19, 2021
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Arise legislative recap: March 12, 2021

Arise's Carol Gundlach breaks down the American Rescue Plan and what it means for Alabama families including expansions to the Child Tax Credit and EITC helping to reduce poverty across Alabama.
Issues
Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health, Housing, Safety Net, Tax Reform
Date
March 12, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
Fact Sheet

Now is the time! Medicaid expansion talking points in Alabama

Timing On Thursday, March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act, which will bring back federal funding for states to newly expand Medicaid. Thanks to this law, if Alabama expanded Medicaid, the state would get an estimated $940 million boost in federal Medicaid funds over two years. This is enough money to [...]
Issues
Health, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets
Date
March 12, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Federal relief package will reduce Alabamians’ unmet health needs, hunger, housing instability and other hardships

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will reduce poverty while expanding health care, housing and nutrition protections across Alabama, according to analyses by Alabama Arise and other research organizations. President Joe Biden signed the new federal COVID-19 relief package into law Thursday. The law will slash poverty by expanding tax credits to struggling households [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health, Housing, Safety Net, Tax Reform
Date
March 11, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Arise legislative recap: Feb. 26, 2021

Arise's Jim Carnes discusses our new report, "The State of Working Alabama 2021," which looks at the COVID-19 pandemic's devastating impact on working Alabamians. The report also recommends Medicaid expansion, guaranteed paid sick leave, funding for the Alabama Housing Trust Fund and other policy changes that would chart a course forward toward an Alabama built [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
February 26, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
Letters & Testimony

Alabama Arise, partners urge COVID-19 vaccine priority for Alabamians served through Medicaid waivers

Alabamians served through home- and community-based Medicaid waivers qualify for nursing home care but receive their care at home from community providers through the state’s Medicaid waiver program. The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has acknowledged that these individuals belong in the Phase 1a priority level for the COVID-19 vaccine. But they have not [...]
Issues
Health, Coronavirus
Date
February 26, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

Policies to advance racial, gender equity key to Alabama workforce’s COVID-19 recovery, new Alabama Arise report shows

Alabama should rebuild from the COVID-19 recession by lifting policy barriers to economic opportunity and charting a path toward a more equitable and inclusive future, according to The State of Working Alabama 2021, a new report that Alabama Arise released Monday. Medicaid expansion and a state law guaranteeing paid sick leave both would help strengthen [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Safety Net, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets
Date
February 22, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
Report

The State of Working Alabama 2021

Introduction When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Alabama in March 2020, it didn’t just cause massive human suffering and economic disruption. It also revealed suffering and disruption that have long existed and that policymakers have long neglected – or even perpetuated. COVID-19 has laid bare deep racial inequities in Alabama’s economy and social system that have [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Safety Net, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets
Date
February 22, 2021
Author
Alabama Arise
Report

The State of Working Alabama 2021, Section 1 – Introduction: The high cost of failing to protect the common good

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Alabama in March 2020, it didn’t just cause massive human suffering and economic disruption. It also revealed suffering and disruption that have long existed and that policymakers have long neglected – or even perpetuated. COVID-19 has laid bare deep racial and gender inequities in Alabama’s economy and social system that [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health, Housing
Date
February 22, 2021
Author
Jim Carnes
Report

The State of Working Alabama 2021, Section 4 – Praised but underprotected: Front-line workers in the pandemic

Where are we now? Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, we’ve grown used to seeing, and applauding, signs in front of hospitals, fire departments, police stations and other emergency service providers saying “Heroes work here.” And we’ve learned to say “thank you” to people serving their communities’ needs at grocery, drug and convenience stores. We’ve learned [...]
Issues
Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Health, Housing, Safety Net, Economic Opportunity
Date
February 22, 2021
Author
Carol Gundlach
Report

The State of Working Alabama 2021, Section 5 – Why coverage matters: Health care in the time of COVID-19

Where are we now? While the COVID-19 pandemic has slammed all segments of Alabama’s economy and society in one way or another, the health care industry is where most of these effects converge. By the end of 2020, more than 350,000 Alabamians had tested positive or were considered likely positive for the virus, 72% of [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
February 22, 2021
Author
Jim Carnes
News Releases

69% of Alabama voters support Medicaid expansion, new poll finds

Sixty-nine percent of Alabamians, including 64% of Republican voters, support expanding Medicaid when told about arguments for and against the idea, according to a new poll that the Cover Alabama Coalition released Wednesday. The poll, conducted for Cover Alabama in January by Cygnal, shows support for Medicaid expansion across all demographics, including age, gender, income, [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
February 17, 2021
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Arise legislative recap: Feb. 16, 2021

Arise executive director Robyn Hyden breaks down the first two weeks in the Alabama Legislature's 2021 regular session and outlines Arise's goals for this session. Legislators have prioritized protecting corporations over workers so far this month, even as hundreds of thousands of Alabamians continue to struggle with hunger and hardship during the COVID-19 recession.
Issues
Safety Net, Tax Reform, Coronavirus, Budgets, Health
Date
February 16, 2021
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

How Alabama Arise is working to build a brighter future after the pandemic

After a year of darkness, the light at the end of the tunnel is finally in sight. Promising vaccine news offers hope that public health officials can rein in COVID-19 in the coming months. And as our state and nation seek policy solutions to rebuild from the pandemic’s health and economic devastation, Alabama Arise will [...]
Issues
Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Criminal Justice
Date
December 8, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Get covered: 2021 ACA open enrollment ends Dec. 15, 2020

The deadline to #GetCovered is just weeks away! Open enrollment for 2021 Marketplace health coverage under the Affordable Care Act ends Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Don’t miss your chance to make sure you’re covered in case of accident or illness. Visit healthcare.gov or call 800-318-2596 to explore your coverage options. And be sure to spread [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
November 23, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

Medicaid expansion would save Alabama mothers from preventable deaths, boost treatment resources for mental health and substance use disorders

Nearly 70% of Alabama’s pregnancy-related deaths in 2016 were preventable, according to a report this month from the state Department of Public Health and Maternal Mortality Review Committee. The committee recommended that Alabama improve maternal health by expanding Medicaid coverage and increasing resources and services for women with mental health and substance use disorders. The [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
November 19, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

ACA lawsuit could end health coverage for 122,000 Alabamians

At least 122,000 Alabamians would lose health coverage if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a new analysis from the nonpartisan Urban Institute. The state’s uninsured rate would increase by 25% as a result. That number also doesn’t include hundreds of thousands of uninsured or underinsured adults with [...]
Issues
Health, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
October 22, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Alabama Arise unveils members’ 2021 roadmap for change

Sentencing reform and universal broadband access are two new goals on Alabama Arise’s 2021 legislative agenda. Members voted for Arise’s issue priorities this week after nearly 300 people attended the organization’s online annual meeting Saturday. 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, Tax Reform, Other, Voting Rights
Date
October 8, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Pandemic EBT renewal a good first step, but families still need comprehensive COVID-19 relief

The U.S. Senate this week approved a continuing resolution that extended Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits through September 2021. The resolution was enacted Thursday. Alabama Arise policy analyst Carol Gundlach issued the following statement Friday in response: “The extension of Pandemic EBT through September 2021 is welcome news for families struggling to make ends meet. P-EBT [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Budgets, Health, Housing, Safety Net
Date
October 2, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Town Hall Tuesdays 2020: What we heard from Arise supporters

Listening is often an underdeveloped skill, yet it is critical for mutual understanding and working together for meaningful change. That’s why Arise is committed to listening to our members, to our allies and most importantly, to those directly affected by the work we do together. We depend on what we hear from you to guide [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Budgets, Medicaid Expansion, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation
Date
September 30, 2020
Author
Presdelane Harris
News Releases

U.S. Senate still needs to do its job and pass meaningful COVID-19 relief

The U.S. Senate on Thursday failed to advance an inadequate COVID-19 relief plan. Alabama Arise executive director Robyn Hyden issued the following statement Thursday in response: “The bill that failed in the Senate this week was wholly inadequate to meet the size and scope of suffering that the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted across Alabama and [...]
Issues
Housing, Safety Net, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Budgets, Health
Date
September 10, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Groups urge Dismukes’ resignation, ask Legislature to dismantle white supremacy through policy change

       The following is a joint statement from Alabama Arise, the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP and Greater Birmingham Ministries: Our elected officials and appointed leaders should respect the full dignity, worth and humanity of all people they represent. We urge all political parties and public officials to acknowledge the harm that white [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Economic Opportunity, Medicaid Expansion
Date
July 31, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

New Senate COVID-19 relief plan falls short of meeting Alabamians’ needs

U.S. Senate Republicans on Monday unveiled a new proposed COVID-19 relief plan. Alabama Arise executive director Robyn Hyden issued the following statement Tuesday in response: “Millions of Alabamians are being pushed to the brink during the COVID-19 crisis. They’re struggling with difficult tradeoffs between protecting their own health, paying for basic necessities and caring for [...]
Issues
Voting Rights, Coronavirus, Budgets, Health, Housing, Safety Net
Date
July 28, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Working in Alabama during the COVID-19 pandemic: Who faces the danger?

Many Alabamians have modified their work circumstances in recent months to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19. But tens of thousands of people still must work in public-facing jobs that put them at increased risk of illness. Front-line workers in grocery stores, hospitals and pharmacies perform necessary tasks to keep our communities functioning during the [...]
Issues
Health, Safety Net, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
July 27, 2020
Author
Dev Wakeley
News Releases

69,000 Alabama workers lost coverage when they may need it most, new report finds

Job losses during the COVID-19 economic crash kicked 69,000 Alabamians off their health insurance between February and May, according to a new report by Families USA, a nonprofit research organization based in Washington, D.C. Those coverage losses increased Alabama’s uninsured rate for non-elderly adults to 19%, the report finds. That is the ninth highest rate [...]
Issues
Medicaid Expansion, Health, Coronavirus
Date
July 15, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
Report

Medicaid Matters: Charting the Course to a Healthier Alabama

Introduction ALABAMA MEDICAID supports the health care system that serves us all. Whether you have employer health coverage, a private plan, public insurance like Medicaid or Medicare, or no coverage at all, you will likely benefit at some point from facilities and services that Medicaid makes possible. More than a million Alabamians — mostly children [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
June 17, 2020
Author
Report

Medicaid Matters – Section 1: How does Medicaid work in Alabama?

MEDICAID BASICS What you need to know … [caption id="attachment_4117" align="alignright" width="189"] (Photo: #IamMedicaid)[/caption] Medicaid is a joint federal/state program providing health coverage for certain categories of people with low incomes and limited resources. More than 1.2 million Alabamians qualify for Medicaid coverage. Medicaid payments support doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes that serve [...]
Issues
Medicaid Expansion, Health
Date
June 17, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
Report

Medicaid Matters – Section 2: How is Medicaid improving coverage?

MEDICAID IMPROVEMENTS What you need to know... [caption id="attachment_4180" align="alignright" width="225"] (Photo: #IamMedicaid)[/caption] New Medicaid changes seek to improve health and cut costs by rewarding timely and preventive care. The statewide Integrated Care Network (ICN) is coordinating long-term care for about 23,000 Alabamians. Seven regional Alabama Coordinated Health Networks (ACHNs) are coordinating primary and specialty [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
June 17, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
Report

Medicaid Matters – Section 3: Who’s still left out of health coverage?

MEDICAID COVERAGE GAP What you need to know ... [caption id="attachment_4207" align="alignright" width="300"] (Photo: Courtesy of Audrey Trippe)[/caption] More than 220,000 Alabamians are caught in the state’s health coverage gap, earning too much to qualify for Medicaid and too little to afford private insurance. Another 120,000 Alabamians are stretching to pay for coverage they can’t [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
June 17, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
Report

Medicaid Matters – Section 4: How can we make Alabama healthier?

MEDICAID EXPANSION What you need to know ... [caption id="attachment_4220" align="alignright" width="225"] (Photo: #IamMedicaid)[/caption] Medicaid expansion would help hundreds of thousands of Alabamians get the health care they need. States that have expanded Medicaid have seen improvements in infant and maternal mortality and greater access to treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders. Extending [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
June 17, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

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
Blog

You’re invited to Arise’s Town Hall Tuesdays!

Arise’s statewide online summer listening sessions are a chance to hear what’s happening on key state policy issues and share your vision for our 2021 policy agenda. Register now to help identify emerging issues and inform our work to build a better Alabama. We'd love to see you at any or all of these sessions! [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Budgets, Medicaid Expansion, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform
Date
June 15, 2020
Author
Presdelane Harris
Letters & Testimony

Alabama should use federal COVID-19 relief funds to heal and protect communities, Arise and partners write

To members of the Alabama Legislature, Alabama is struggling. Even after Governor Ivey issued an emergency stay-at-home order, the average number of new coronavirus cases continues to rise. And despite those climbing case numbers, Alabama is moving forward with reopening its economy. To accomplish a successful recovery, residents must have confidence that it is safe [...]
Issues
Coronavirus, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing
Date
June 9, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Alabama must tear down the legacies of slavery and segregation

The monument stood in Birmingham for decades as a twisted tribute to Alabama’s original sins: slavery and white supremacy. It “honored” a violent rebellion that sought to protect the enslavement of human beings. During segregation and Jim Crow and civil rights protests and into the 21st century, it served as a daily 52-foot-tall reminder of [...]
Issues
Housing, Public Transportation, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
June 3, 2020
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Arise legislative update: May 21, 2020

Alabama legislators ended the regular session this week by enacting education and General Fund budgets for 2021. But as the COVID-19 downturn hammers state tax revenues, we fear lawmakers' optimism surrounding these budgets could be misplaced. Arise's Carol Gundlach explains why the Legislature likely will return for one or more special sessions later this year [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Safety Net, Coronavirus
Date
May 21, 2020
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

Arise update: April 24, 2020

Personal stories have power. And we want to hear yours. Arise's Sherrel Wheeler Stewart talks about the importance of personal stories as we work to convince Alabama lawmakers to expand Medicaid. She also explains how folks who are uninsured or struggling to afford health coverage can share their stories with Arise and the Cover Alabama [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
April 24, 2020
Author
Matt Okarmus
Handbook

How to get help in Alabama during the COVID-19 crisis

Last updated Sept. 17, 2021. Life is changing quickly for everyone during the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. Protecting yourself and your family from the virus is the first of many concerns. The pandemic also has left many Alabamians worried about food, health care, housing, job security and other basic needs. Alabama has a safety [...]
Issues
Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Health, Housing, Safety Net
Date
April 16, 2020
Author
Blog

Arise update: April 16, 2020

State and federal leaders have taken action to help struggling Alabamians stay healthy and make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but they must do more. Arise's Robyn Hyden gives a video update on the coronavirus' implications for Medicaid expansion, public health funding, food assistance, unemployment insurance, paid family and medical leave, prisons and jails, [...]
Issues
Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health, Safety Net, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus
Date
April 16, 2020
Author
Matt Okarmus
News Releases

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
Blog

Arise update: April 4, 2020

Like all of you, we're doing what we can to weather this crisis, and we have many concerns about the health and well-being of our families and communities. Arise executive director Robyn Hyden highlights some resources on our website that can help you navigate new SNAP and unemployment insurance benefits available for people who need [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Health
Date
April 4, 2020
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

Arise legislative recap: March 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will strain Alabama's health care system in unprecedented ways. Arise's Jim Carnes discusses how Medicaid expansion, elimination of enrollment barriers and other policy changes would help Medicaid save lives during and after this outbreak. Read our full list of recommendations here.
Issues
Health, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
March 27, 2020
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

Targeted releases should be part of Alabama corrections system’s response to COVID-19 pandemic

State and local governments are responding in a variety of ways to the emergent coronavirus pandemic in Alabama. But that response thus far has fallen short where incarcerated people are concerned. The Alabama Department of Corrections (DOC) has more than 27,500 people in custody right now. (For context, that’s more people than live in Anniston, [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Coronavirus
Date
March 24, 2020
Author
Dev Wakeley
Letters & Testimony

Alabama Arise and partners urge Ivey to use every Medicaid tool available to save lives during COVID-19 pandemic

To: Gov. Kay Ivey and Commissioner Stephanie Azar From: The Undersigned Alabama Organizations Re: Alabama’s Policy Response to COVID-19 Date: March 19, 2020 Thank you both for your leadership, especially at this critical time. Alabama’s health care system, like most others around the world, is facing severe stresses with the COVID-19 pandemic. Seniors and people [...]
Issues
Coronavirus, Health
Date
March 19, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

COVID-19: 7 policy changes that would help protect Alabamians

The World Health Organization has labeled COVID-19 a global pandemic. And state officials announced the first confirmed case of the disease in Alabama on Friday. As the virus strains our health systems, schools and economy, we must ensure the most vulnerable Alabamians have the medical care, social supports and other protections they need to weather [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
Date
March 13, 2020
Author
Robyn Hyden
Blog

Arise legislative recap: March 13, 2020

We're excited to introduce you this week to Sherrel Wheeler Stewart, Arise's new story collection coordinator. In this video, Sherrel talks about her new position and explains how you can help her tell the stories of uninsured and underinsured Alabamians who live in the Medicaid coverage gap. If you'd like to share your story with [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
March 13, 2020
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

Education, health care, nutrition and more: Why the Census matters to Alabama

The 2020 Census is nearly here. In mid-March, the Census Bureau will begin mailing out informational postcards to all U.S. residents. The postcards will provide instructions on how to complete the Census for your household. Filling out the Census is important for a number of reasons. Alabama’s count impacts our state legislative districts and our [...]
Issues
Health, Safety Net, Other
Date
March 12, 2020
Author
Mike Nicholson
Blog

Arise legislative recap: March 6, 2020

Arise's Jim Carnes discusses how the coronavirus outbreak and the closure of Pickens County Medical Center showcase Alabama's need for Medicaid expansion. Also, in the wake of the recent execution of Nathaniel Woods, Jim talks about HB 359, which would forbid the death penalty in capital cases where the jury does not agree unanimously to [...]
Issues
Health, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice
Date
March 6, 2020
Author
Matt Okarmus
Fact Sheet

Alabama needs to expand Medicaid NOW!

Medicaid is a health lifeline for one in four Alabamians and an economic engine for communities across our state. Extending Medicaid coverage to adults with low incomes would make life better for Alabamians of all races, genders and incomes. Medicaid expansion would ensure coverage for 340,000 Alabamians, including: People who work low-wage jobs and can’t [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
February 25, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Why we’re spreading the word about the Census across Alabama

Filling out your Census form is quick and easy. It only takes about 10 minutes to answer 10 questions. You won’t have to do it again for 10 years. And your answers are completely confidential. It may not seem like much, but the stakes are high. The accuracy of Alabama’s 2020 Census count will shape [...]
Issues
Health, Safety Net, Other
Date
February 12, 2020
Author
Mike Nicholson
Blog

How Alabama can reform its criminal justice system to work for everyone

Alabamians deserve a justice system that sentences fairly, provides helpful rehabilitative services and keeps people safe during incarceration. But Alabama often falls catastrophically short of fulfilling those obligations. Our state’s prisons are violent and poorly staffed. As a result, they often function as little more than warehouses to keep people locked up until their sentences [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health
Date
February 4, 2020
Author
Dev Wakeley
Blog

Arise 2020: Our vision for a better Alabama

Alabama Arise members have worked for more than three decades to build a brighter, more inclusive future for our state. And as the Legislature’s 2020 regular session starts Tuesday, we’re proud to renew that commitment. Below, Arise executive director Robyn Hyden highlights some key goals for the session, including Medicaid expansion and untaxing groceries. How [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Safety Net, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice
Date
February 4, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Medicaid block grants are a dangerous path toward coverage cuts

The federal Medicaid changes announced Thursday won’t affect anyone now enrolled in Alabama Medicaid. But they could put coverage at risk in the years ahead for hundreds of thousands of Alabamians. This is a worrisome step down a road to increased human suffering and greater financial strain for struggling families. Guidance from the Centers for [...]
Issue
Health
Date
February 3, 2020
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Arise 2020: Expand Medicaid to save lives and make Alabama healthier

Happy anniversary – not! 2020 marks the 10th year of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, but not in Alabama. We’re one of just 14 states that have rejected federal funding to extend affordable health coverage to adults with low incomes. And soon, Kansas may cut that number to 13. The stakes have only [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
January 29, 2020
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Arise 2020: Fight harmful proposals to cut Medicaid, SNAP and TANF

Safety net programs are designed to protect us when times get tough. But a recent wave of legislative and administrative attacks to those programs has threatened vital food and health assistance for millions of families across Alabama and the nation. The stakes are high for people who struggle to make ends meet. Medicaid is a [...]
Issues
Health, Safety Net
Date
January 24, 2020
Author
Carol Gundlach
Fact Sheet

A strong safety net means a stronger Alabama for all

We all know that people get down on their luck sometimes. They lose a job, have a sick child or need time to recover from an injury. And most Alabamians – understanding that “there, but for the grace of God, go I” – want to do what they can to help people going through a [...]
Issues
Health, Safety Net
Date
January 24, 2020
Author
Carol Gundlach
News Releases

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
Blog

Alabama Medicaid long-term care reforms already exceeding goals

Alabamians who need long-term care services should be able to get them at home or in their communities whenever possible. And Alabama Medicaid’s new reform initiative, the Integrated Care Network (ICN), is making progress toward that goal. The ICN has completed a successful first year of operation with strong help from consumer voices at the [...]
Issue
Health
Date
November 29, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

How Alabama Arise is lifting up community voices in Alabama Medicaid

Alabama Medicaid is at a moment of transformation, opening up opportunities for a new focus on improving health outcomes. And Alabama Arise is working hard to ensure community needs and voices stay at the forefront. Medicaid primary care is moving from a statewide fee-for-service model to a system of seven Alabama Coordinated Health Networks (ACHNs). [...]
Issues
Health, Safety Net
Date
November 27, 2019
Author
Presdelane Harris
Fact Sheet

Why Medicaid expansion is a must for prison reform in Alabama

Against a backdrop of human tragedy, Gov. Kay Ivey’s Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy is working toward a January deadline for its recommendations to the Legislature. The U.S. Department of Justice in April issued a sobering overview of the Alabama corrections system’s numerous shortcomings. And the Montgomery Advertiser shed further light on the situation [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
November 26, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Get covered: Open enrollment ends Dec. 15, 2019

The deadline to #GetCovered is one month away! Open enrollment for 2020 Marketplace health coverage under the Affordable Care Act ends Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019. Don’t miss your chance to make sure you’re covered in case of accident or illness. Visit healthcare.gov or call 800-318-2596 to explore your coverage options. And be sure to spread [...]
Issue
Health
Date
November 15, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Expand Medicaid to shore up children’s health coverage in Alabama

Children’s health coverage has long been a point of pride for Alabama, and we can’t afford to backslide. But Alabama’s rate of uninsured children has moved in the wrong direction since 2016, according to a recent report from Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families (CCF). Our state’s uninsured rate for children (3.5%) remained one [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
November 13, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Medicaid expansion would help Alabama veterans meet their health care needs

Veterans Day gives Alabama a chance to shine. Our cities and towns hold parades and ceremonies each Nov. 11 to honor service members and to burnish the state’s reputation as a great place for veterans to retire. This year, as we celebrate those who have risked and sacrificed to defend our country, let’s remember a group [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
November 7, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
News Releases

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
Blog

ACHN launch begins a new era for Alabama Medicaid

Alabama Medicaid reforms first envisioned six years ago are finally going into effect today. And Alabama Arise will work hard to ensure Medicaid's new structure keeps patient needs and consumer voices at the forefront. The new plan brings regional control and care coordination of primary care services through seven Alabama Coordinated Health Networks (ACHNs) serving [...]
Issue
Health
Date
October 1, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Criminal justice study group offers Alabama a chance to set the right course toward reform

Alabama needs a criminal justice system that values the lives and well-being of everyone involved. Our state should treat people fairly, apply punishment humanely and focus on restoring offenders to productive roles in society. Alabama Arise is closely monitoring the Study Group on Criminal Justice Policy that Gov. Kay Ivey appointed in July. Former Alabama [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health
Date
September 12, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley
News Releases

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
News Releases

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
Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice
Date
September 9, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

Meet the working men and women caught in Alabama’s health coverage gap

As we celebrate Alabama’s workforce on Labor Day, here’s a fact that deserves special attention: More than 100,000 Alabamians are working without health insurance. They work in child care, construction, food services and other vital jobs. They’re the folks who keep things going. Yet they’re trapped in the health coverage gap. They can’t afford employer-based [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
August 30, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Learn more about Arise’s 2020 issue proposals

Grassroots democracy will be on display when Alabama Arise members choose our 2020 issue priorities at our annual meeting Sept. 7 in Montgomery. The following proposals will be up for a vote for our 2020 legislative agenda. Housing Trust Fund revenue Voting rights Criminal justice debt reform Death penalty reform Payday and title lending reform [...]
Issues
Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Safety Net
Date
August 16, 2019
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

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
Housing, Safety Net, Health
Date
August 13, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

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 [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
July 16, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

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
Criminal Justice, Health, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets
Date
June 14, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

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
Blog

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
Blog

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
Safety Net, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
June 7, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

Alabama’s prison reform solution must include Medicaid expansion

Alabama’s prison crisis is about more than overcrowding and understaffing. It’s about the generational impacts of a criminal justice system warped by racism, chronic poverty, inadequate education and poor health. The solution will require both new revenue and broad policy reform. And one essential step is to extend health coverage to uninsured Alabama adults with [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
May 31, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Arise legislative recap: May 17, 2019

Legislators talked a lot about pregnancy and childbirth at the State House this week, but the spotlight has left some disturbing facts about the reality of health care in Alabama in the shadows. Arise's Jim Carnes talks about why it’s so crucial for Alabama to expand Medicaid to strengthen the state’s health care system and [...]
Issues
Medicaid Expansion, Health
Date
May 17, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

CHIP funding uncertainty shows a core problem in Alabama’s budgets

The Alabama Legislature has yet to decide how to fund health coverage for more than 170,000 children next year. And that’s a symptom of a fundamental illness that has plagued our state’s budgets for decades. The Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is one of Alabama’s most successful programs. Through Medicaid and ALL Kids, CHIP supports [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
May 10, 2019
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Senate panel OKs costly new SNAP, Medicaid limits that would punish struggling Alabamians

There’s an old saying: If you like laws or sausage, you should never watch either one being made. Wednesday afternoon was a perfect example of how stomach-turning it can be to see how laws are often made in Alabama. The Senate Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Development Committee approved a bill Wednesday to cut new holes [...]
Issues
Health, Safety Net
Date
April 26, 2019
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Arise legislative recap: April 19, 2019

"The grocery tax is a tax on a basic necessity of life. It's a tax on survival. And it's time for Alabama to bring this tax to an end." Arise communications director Chris Sanders discusses a recent bill by Rep. Chris England that would be a major step forward on untaxing groceries. The video also [...]
Issues
Safety Net, Tax Reform, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health
Date
April 19, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Fact Sheet

Removing the FIT deduction would allow Alabama to untax groceries, expand Medicaid

Alabama's federal income tax (FIT) deduction provides a huge tax break for high-income individuals – but at what cost? $719 million to be exact. The FIT deduction is one big reason Alabama's tax system is upside down. For those who earn $30,000 a year, the deduction saves them about $27 on average. But for the [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Tax Reform, Medicaid Expansion
Date
April 15, 2019
Author
Alabama Arise
Fact Sheet

Alabama Medicaid reforms aim for better care, lower cost

Alabama is making some big changes in the way Medicaid members get their care. Alabama Arise believes the new plans, if carried out well, will be a significant improvement over the current Medicaid system. One way to improve the chances for success is to have a strong consumer voice at the policy table. The changes [...]
Issue
Health
Date
April 10, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Arise legislative recap: March 29, 2019

Lawmakers may have been on spring break this week, but we still have plenty to discuss in our second video update of the 2019 legislative session.   Watch Arise organizing director Pres Harris discuss upcoming community forums on Medicaid expansion, as well as reminders on action you can take in anticipation of the Legislature reconvening [...]
Issues
Health, Other, Medicaid Expansion
Date
March 29, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

Arise legislative recap: March 22, 2019

We had a problem Tuesday – and we were glad to have it. So many people came to Arise Legislative Day that we couldn’t fit everyone in the State House’s largest committee room! Nearly 300 Arise supporters came to Montgomery to tell their lawmakers that it’s time to expand Medicaid. We appreciate everyone who showed [...]
Issues
Health, Other, Medicaid Expansion
Date
March 22, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Fact Sheet

Revenue options for Medicaid expansion

Alabama’s budget is an expression of our values. Medicaid expansion means healthier families, thriving communities and a stronger economy. Policymakers have a range of options for making this bold investment in a brighter future. Now is the time to choose. Remove the state deduction for federal income taxes (FIT) ► $719 million in new revenue [...]
Issues
Medicaid Expansion, Health
Date
March 19, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

What we’re watching during the 2019 special session

This week brought a first in recent memory at the Alabama Legislature: a session within a session. The regular session began Tuesday, but lawmakers have put it on hold until March 19 to make way for a special session on the state gas tax. At Gov. Kay Ivey’s call, legislators will consider a proposed 10-cent [...]
Issues
Health, Tax Reform, Medicaid Expansion
Date
March 6, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
Fact Sheet

Medicaid expansion by the numbers

± 223,000 Alabamians are caught in the coverage gap, unable to afford health insurance. Another 120,000 or more are stretching to pay for private or employer-based coverage. 13 Alabama hospitals – including 7 rural ones – have closed since 2011. 88 percent of Alabama’s rural hospitals operate in the red. If we expand Medicaid to [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
March 4, 2019
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

How to advance our vision for Alabama’s next century

What kind of future do we want for Alabama? It’s a question worth reflecting on as our state enters its third century this year. Are we all right with limiting power and prosperity to a select few? Or would we rather build a state where everyone has a voice and where people of all races, [...]
Issues
Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health
Date
March 4, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Better policy choices on taxes, transit can improve Alabamians’ health

Deeper and smarter investments in education, housing, infrastructure and other vital services can eliminate barriers to good health for low-income residents and communities of color, according to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonpartisan policy research organization based in Washington, D.C. Alabama can take many important policy steps [...]
Issues
Health, Public Transportation, Tax Reform
Date
February 21, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Budget hearings show need for Alabama to expand Medicaid, boost public investments

Alabama needs to expand Medicaid and invest more in education and other human services. Those were key takeaways from this week’s state budget hearings in Montgomery. The hearings highlighted a range of policy challenges and illustrated the connections between many of them. We heard a lot of talk this week about the need to strengthen [...]
Issues
Medicaid Expansion, Budgets, Health, Safety Net
Date
February 1, 2019
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Alabama should expand Medicaid to continue gains in children’s health coverage, new national report indicates

Alabama still has one of the lowest rates of uninsured children in the country, but its progress on that measure stalled in 2017, according to a report released Thursday by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families (CCF). The state’s uninsured rate for children (3.1 percent) remained below the national average (5 percent) in 2017. [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
November 29, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

Medicaid work requirement hurts struggling families

Alabama Medicaid is trying to take health coverage away from our state’s poorest parents struggling to make ends meet. Gov. Kay Ivey has to get federal permission to make this harmful change. Here’s why that shouldn’t happen: The work requirement creates a no-win, catch-22 situation. It targets 75,000 of the poorest Alabamians. It’s a trap: They [...]
Issue
Health
Date
November 25, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
Fact Sheet

Proposed Alabama Medicaid changes are ‘a catch-22 that forces people into the coverage gap,’ Alabama Arise tells 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, Alabama Arise wrote in official comments submitted to state Medicaid officials on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. “Threatening loss of health care in an attempt to force work efforts, without providing the supports that [...]
Issue
Health
Date
October 11, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

High uninsured rates plague Alabama’s rural areas, show need to expand Medicaid

Alabama’s small towns and rural areas have among the highest rates of uninsured low-income adult citizens in the country, and residents there are more likely to be uninsured than those in metro areas, according to a new report released Sept. 25, 2018, by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families (CCF) and the University of North [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
September 25, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Alabama’s persistently high rate of uninsured adults shows the need for Medicaid expansion

New U.S. Census data show that the share of uninsured Alabamians increased between 2016 and 2017 and remained higher than the national average. Alabama Arise policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement in response on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018: “The White House’s efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act and Alabama’s refusal to expand [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
September 13, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Medicaid expansion, end to grocery tax highlight Alabama Arise’s 2019 priorities

Medicaid expansion and legislation to end the state sales tax on groceries are among the top goals on Alabama Arise’s 2019 legislative agenda. More than 200 Arise members picked the organization’s issue priorities at its annual meeting Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in Montgomery. The seven issues chosen were: Tax reform, including untaxing groceries and closing [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Medicaid Expansion
Date
September 12, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

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 [...]
Issue
Health
Date
July 2, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

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 [...]
Issue
Health
Date
May 9, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Letters & Testimony

Alabama Arise submits comments in opposition to Alabama’s ‘flagrantly cruel’ Medicaid work requirement proposal

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 wrote in comments submitted to the Alabama Medicaid Agency on Thursday, March 22. Click the "Download" button to read the full comments. About 1 million Alabamians – mostly children, seniors, people [...]
Issue
Health
Date
March 22, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

‘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 [...]
Issue
Health
Date
March 22, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Education budget, landlord-tenant changes, HIV drug bill advance in Alabama Legislature

K-12 teachers in Alabama wouldn’t get a raise next year under the Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget that a House committee approved Wednesday. The House is expected to vote on the plan next week. The committee’s $5.9 billion budget would restore $10 million of state funding for Alabama State University that the Senate had removed. [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Housing
Date
March 14, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Letters & Testimony

‘Simply cruel’: Testimony from Alabama Arise’s Carol Gundlach against Alabama’s Medicaid work requirements plan

Arise policy analyst Carol Gundlach testified against Alabama’s proposed Medicaid work requirements waiver during a public forum on Monday, March 5, 2018, in Montgomery. Here is the full text of Gundlach’s prepared remarks: It is important for us to recognize that the people who will be affected by this proposed policy are exclusively the parents [...]
Issue
Health
Date
March 5, 2018
Author
Carol Gundlach
Letters & Testimony

‘Alabama’s new catch-22’: Testimony from Alabama Arise’s Kimble Forrister against Alabama’s Medicaid work requirement plan

Arise executive director Kimble Forrister testified against Alabama’s proposed Medicaid work requirements waiver during a public forum on Monday, March 5, 2018, in Montgomery. Here is the full text of Forrister’s prepared remarks: When we compare Medicaid’s waiver proposal to DHR’s welfare reform proposal in 1996, what’s most striking is Medicaid’s lack of data. How [...]
Issue
Health
Date
March 5, 2018
Author
Kimble Forrister
News Releases

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
Report

The impact of Alabama’s proposed Medicaid work requirement on low-income families with children

Alabama is seeking federal permission through a Section 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver to require parents and caregivers who rely on Medicaid to work 20 to 35 hours a week, prove they are looking or training for a job or do community service before receiving Medicaid. This proposal targets the very poorest and most vulnerable families [...]
Issue
Health
Date
March 1, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

White House’s proposed cuts to nutrition, health care and housing would hurt struggling Alabamians

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, in response to the release of the White House’s proposed 2019 federal budget: “The White House’s budget proposal lays out a vision of a dark and troubling future for struggling families across Alabama. This plan would slash services like [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Safety Net
Date
February 13, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

New Medicaid hurdles would create barriers to health in Alabama

The Trump administration is encouraging states to impose work requirements on “non-elderly, non-pregnant adult Medicaid beneficiaries who are eligible for Medicaid on a basis other than disability.” State Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar told lawmakers the agency likely will seek approval for such a requirement this year. SB 140, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, and HB 331, [...]
Issue
Health
Date
February 1, 2018
Author
Alabama Arise
Fact Sheet

Four reasons to oppose work requirements for Alabama Medicaid

(1) The vast majority of enrollees are children or otherwise exempt. Medicaid covers about 1 million Alabamians (roughly one in every five people in the state), and most of them are children. Almost all of the rest are seniors, pregnant women, or people with disabilities who would be exempt from work requirements. Only about 7.5 percent of [...]
Issue
Health
Date
January 26, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

CHIP renewal is overdue good news for parents of 85,000 Alabama children on ALL Kids

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in response to the U.S. Senate’s vote to renew federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for six years: “The parents of more than 85,000 children with ALL Kids coverage finally received some overdue good news today: [...]
Issue
Health
Date
January 22, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Alabamians must keep urging Congress to protect health care

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, after the U.S. House approved a resolution that would make it easier for Congress to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act: “Protecting access to quality, affordable health care is more important than ever. Congress voted this week to [...]
Issue
Health
Date
January 13, 2018
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Medicaid work requirements, ALL Kids, prison mental health funding among top 2019 budget challenges in Alabama

Alabama Medicaid had good news for legislators last week, but it won’t last long. Lower-than-expected prescription drug costs will help Medicaid carry $53 million forward into 2019, meaning the agency will need less General Fund (GF) money next year than initially expected, Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar said during state GF budget hearings Thursday. But that [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
January 9, 2018
Author
Jim Carnes
News Releases

Children’s health care takes a back seat as Congress rushes to cut taxes for corporations, wealthy people

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in response to Congress’ passage of a tax bill that disproportionately benefits rich people and corporations: “Congress’ misplaced priorities were on clear display today. Nearly 84,000 Alabama children are about to lose their ALL Kids coverage because lawmakers allowed [...]
Issues
Tax Reform, Health
Date
December 20, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Congress’ shameful neglect puts health coverage at risk for 84,000 Alabama children on ALL Kids

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in response to the announcement of ALL Kids’ pending termination: “Tens of thousands of Alabama working families learned today – one week before Christmas – that their children will lose health insurance Feb. 1 if Congress continues to delay funding [...]
Issue
Health
Date
December 18, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

GOP tax plan would slash taxes for wealthy people while laying groundwork for cuts to education, Medicaid

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in response to the release of U.S. House Republicans’ tax proposal: “The House Republican tax plan is an expensive new giveaway to wealthy households and big corporations at the expense of working families. It would offer little or nothing [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Tax Reform
Date
November 3, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

Keep kids covered: Congressional inaction threatens ALL Kids coverage for Alabama children

Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) has expired, and health coverage for millions of American kids is at stake. Despite a history of strong bipartisan support, Congress allowed a Sept. 30 deadline to pass without renewing federal funding for the program, which offers affordable coverage for children whose low- and moderate-income families don’t [...]
Issue
Health
Date
October 27, 2017
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

Executive order could mean soaring health insurance costs for Alabamians with pre-existing conditions

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in response to the White House’s release of a new executive order on health care: “This executive order risks turning back the clock to the bad old days when many people were priced out of health insurance just because [...]
Issue
Health
Date
October 12, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Graham-Cassidy health plan would cost Alabama $27 billion through 2036

Alabama would lose $27 billion in federal health care funding through 2036 if the Graham-Cassidy health care plan becomes law, according to a new study by Avalere Health, an independent analysis firm. The proposal also would open the door to erosion or elimination of pre-existing condition protections for more than 2 million Alabamians with cancer, diabetes or other [...]
Issue
Health
Date
September 28, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Medicaid funding, public transportation highlight Arise’s 2018 priorities

New Medicaid revenue and creation of a state Public Transportation Trust Fund are among the goals on Alabama Arise’s 2018 legislative agenda. Nearly 200 Arise members picked the group’s issue priorities at its annual meeting Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, in Montgomery. The seven goals chosen were: Tax reform, including untaxing groceries and closing corporate income [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Public Transportation, Tax Reform
Date
September 16, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Alabama’s rate of uninsured children plunged to 2.4 percent in 2016

Nearly 49 of every 50 children in Alabama had health coverage in 2016, according to U.S. Census data released the week of Sept. 12, 2017. Alabama’s share of uninsured children fell to 2.4 percent last year, far below the national average and an improvement on the state’s 2015 rate of 3.1 percent. A huge piece [...]
Issue
Health
Date
September 12, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

New Alabama Medicaid reform plan must include strong consumer engagement and oversight

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Thursday, July 27, 2017, in response to Alabama Medicaid’s announcement that it will pursue an “alternative” to the regional care organization (RCO) reform plan: “Alabama Medicaid’s decision to end its effort to develop homegrown managed care through regional care organizations is a disappointment [...]
Issue
Health
Date
July 27, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

ACA repeal plans would hurt everyday Alabamians

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Tuesday, July 25, 2017, in response to the U.S. Senate vote to begin limited debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act: “The Senate’s 51-50 vote to fast-track a health care plan before even deciding which plan to consider was beyond reckless, but this [...]
Issue
Health
Date
July 25, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Now is the time to repair, not repeal, the Affordable Care Act

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in response to the collapse of U.S. Senate efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act: “The defeat of the Senate’s awful health care bill was a victory for Alabama families. This cruel plan would have gutted Medicaid, [...]
Issue
Health
Date
July 18, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
Fact Sheet

What’s at stake for Alabama Medicaid?

Our state simply can't afford any more Medicaid cuts. Alabama's Medicaid program is essential, and it has already been cut to the bone. More than 1 million people -- or one in five Alabamians -- have Medicaid coverage, and almost all of them are children, seniors, pregnant women, or people with disabilities. Medicaid covers thousands of [...]
Issue
Health
Date
July 15, 2017
Author
Alabama Arise
News Releases

U.S. Senate health care bill would be bad for Alabama

Arise Citizens' Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Thursday, June 22, 2017, in response to the release of the U.S. Senate's proposed health care bill: "The Senate bill would be devastating for children, seniors, working families, and people with disabilities across Alabama. This mean-spirited plan would slash Medicaid and force millions [...]
Issue
Health
Date
June 22, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

U.S. Senate should protect Americans’ health care by rejecting House’s reckless ‘repeal and replace’ plan

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Thursday, May 4, 2017, in response to the U.S. House’s passage of the American Health Care Act: “Today’s narrow U.S. House vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in exchange for a giant tax cut for the wealthiest Americans sends a harsh message to [...]
Issue
Health
Date
May 4, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
News Releases

Defeat of House health bill is a victory for children, seniors and families across Alabama

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Friday, March 24, 2017, in response to U.S. House leaders’ withdrawal of the American Health Care Act: “The House health plan would have taken coverage away from 24 million Americans and put essential protections at risk for tens of millions more. It would [...]
Issue
Health
Date
March 24, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Budgets that would do little to boost investments in education, health care advance in Alabama Legislature

Running in place was the emerging theme this week as Alabama lawmakers advanced state budgets that would provide little additional money for education, Medicaid, mental health care and other essential services. Both the Education Trust Fund (ETF) and General Fund (GF) budgets await further action when the Legislature returns from spring break on April 4. [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
March 16, 2017
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Kicking the can: Windfall temporarily cushions shortfalls for Medicaid, other General Fund services in Alabama

The state budget hearings that ended Tuesday made one thing clear: There’s still no long-term answer to Alabama’s budget woes. The state once again likely will use one-time money next year to delay hard decisions about how to provide sustainable funding for vital services like Medicaid, child care and mental health care. And even though [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
February 9, 2017
Author
Carol Gundlach
News Releases

‘No repeal without replacement’ is essential step to protect health care for Alabamians

Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in response to the release of Gov. Robert Bentley’s letter to U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy on suggested changes to the Affordable Care Act: “We’re glad the governor recognizes the importance of not repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, [...]
Issue
Health
Date
January 19, 2017
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Alabama avoids deep Medicaid cuts. What’s next?

Alabama Medicaid is safe – for now. State lawmakers wrapped up their special session last week with a sigh of relief after approving a one-time solution to stop deep Medicaid cuts. The Legislature agreed to use BP oil spill settlement money to address Medicaid’s $85 million shortfall for 2017 and to give the program another [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
September 15, 2016
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Lottery, BP settlement bills clear Alabama legislative committees as special session on Medicaid funding continues

(Update: The Alabama House voted 91-10 Wednesday to pass the BP settlement bill (HB 36). A Senate committee approved the bill Friday, positioning it for a Senate vote Tuesday. SB 11 lost a procedural vote in the Senate on Thursday, greatly reducing its chances of passage. Senators are expected to debate SB 3 on Friday.) Two [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health, Tax Reform
Date
August 19, 2016
Author
Carol Gundlach
Fact Sheet

A long-term budget fix includes Medicaid expansion

As Alabama lawmakers grapple to prevent devastating Medicaid cuts, the time is right to address a related threat to our state: the health coverage gap. Nearly 200,000 Alabama workers we depend on every day – in agriculture, food service, retail, home health and other fields – have no access to regular health care. They have no [...]
Issue
Health
Date
August 11, 2016
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Medicaid cuts loom, payday reform falls just short as Alabama Legislature ends 2016 regular session

The Alabama Legislature’s 2016 regular session, which ended Wednesday, was more notable in many ways for what didn’t happen than for what did. Lawmakers did not agree on a revenue solution to prevent devastating Medicaid cuts that would reduce health care access for hundreds of thousands of children, seniors, and people with disabilities in Alabama. Despite enormous [...]
Issues
Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Tax Reform, Voting Rights, Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
May 6, 2016
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Quick overviews of Arise’s 2016 issue priorities

Your time is important, and your voice for a better Alabama is essential. That's why we've prepared these quick overviews to keep you up-to-date on what's happening at the Alabama Legislature on Arise's 2016 issue priorities. We'll update this post as needed. "Ban the box" legislation: 'Ban the box' law would help rebuild lives in Alabama -- The [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Tax Reform, Economic Opportunity, Voting Rights, Budgets, Criminal Justice
Date
May 5, 2016
Author
Alabama Arise
Blog

Alabama’s education budget begins to rebuild, but General Fund struggles put Medicaid at risk

The usual contrast between Alabama’s starving General Fund (GF) budget and its slightly healthier but still inadequate Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget is exceptionally stark this year. Nearly halfway through the Legislature’s 2016 regular session, both major state budgets have begun to move – in one case toward a predictable conclusion, and in the other [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
March 4, 2016
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

A budget at last: What got cut, what didn’t, and what’s next for Alabama

Three times proved to be the charm Wednesday night as the Alabama Legislature finally passed a General Fund (GF) budget and accompanying revenue bills. Gov. Robert Bentley signed the budget Thursday morning, a mere two weeks before the start of the 2016 budget year. Tax bills: What passed and what didn’t Alabama faced a GF [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Safety Net, Tax Reform
Date
September 18, 2015
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Mental health, DHR, courts would face cuts under Alabama House’s General Fund budget

Mental health care, trial courts and the Department of Human Resources (DHR) would be among the vital services suffering cuts next year under the General Fund (GF) budget that the Alabama House passed 59-37 Friday. A Senate committee is set to consider the GF budget Monday. The House’s budget would fund new reforms of Medicaid [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
September 11, 2015
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Alabama Senate committee eases Medicaid cuts, approves budget that Bentley already vetoed

Update: The Alabama Senate passed a no-new-revenue General Fund budget 19-15 Monday, but the House swiftly rejected it 92-2. The first special session ended without a budget, meaning Gov. Robert Bentley will have to call the Legislature back for a second special session. Get ready for another special session. That seems to be the takeaway [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
August 7, 2015
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Alabama House passes budget that could end Medicaid in state

Medicaid could end in Alabama under a General Fund (GF) budget that the Alabama House passed Wednesday. Medicaid would lose 23 percent of its state funding, or $156 million, next year under the plan. Lost federal matching money would increase those cuts significantly. Cuts that large could end the Medicaid program in Alabama, State Health Officer [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
August 5, 2015
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Medicaid could end under Alabama House committee’s budget

Medicaid could end in Alabama under devastating cuts in a proposed General Fund (GF) budget that the Alabama House’s GF budget committee approved Tuesday, State Health Officer Don Williamson said. About one in five Alabamians would lose their health coverage, including nearly half of Alabama’s children and about 60 percent of the state’s seniors in [...]
Issues
Health, Budgets
Date
August 4, 2015
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

What went well in 2015 — and the challenges that remain for Alabama

It’s over! But it’s not over yet. After approving a wholly inadequate General Fund budget that would jeopardize our state’s future, the Alabama Legislature ended the 2015 regular session Thursday. But Gov. Robert Bentley vetoed that budget, and he will call lawmakers back for a special session on the budget later this summer. Arise members celebrated some [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Housing, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Safety Net, Tax Reform
Date
June 12, 2015
Author
Kimble Forrister
Blog

HIV medication redistribution bill clears Alabama Legislature

New information: Gov. Robert Bentley will not sign the bill, his health policy adviser Dave White said Friday, June 12. White attributed the decision to a technical error in the committee amendment and said Bentley supports the bill's intent. Pharmacies that distribute HIV medications in or for HIV clinics could redistribute certain unopened drugs under a [...]
Issue
Health
Date
June 4, 2015
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Alabama Legislature passes Medicaid long-term care reforms

Medicaid long-term care patients in Alabama would have more options about their care under a bill that passed the House 98-0 Thursday and went to Gov. Robert Bentley. SB 431, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper, cleared the Senate 30-0 last week. The plan would deliver comprehensive Medicaid long-term care services, including in-home and [...]
Issue
Health
Date
May 28, 2015
Author
M.J. Ellington
Blog

Medicaid long-term care options would expand under bill that clears Alabama House committee

More Alabamians with Medicaid coverage would have more options for long-term home and community care under a bill that the House Health Committee approved unanimously Thursday. The bill, which the Senate passed 30-0 Tuesday, now goes to the full House for consideration. SB 431, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper, would deliver comprehensive Medicaid [...]
Issue
Health
Date
May 21, 2015
Author
M.J. Ellington
Blog

Medicaid, mental health, child care would be slashed under Alabama House’s General Fund budget

Alabamians’ quality of life would suffer for years to come if the no-new-revenue General Fund (GF) budget that the state House passed 66-36 Tuesday becomes reality. The barebones budget would slash vital services like health care, child care and public safety. Alabama’s promising new reforms of Medicaid and prisons would end, and services for low-income [...]
Issues
Budgets, Health
Date
May 19, 2015
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Medicaid long-term care reforms sail through Alabama Senate

Medicaid patients in Alabama would have more options to receive long-term care in their community under a bill that the state Senate passed 27-0 Tuesday. SB 431, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper, would create one or more integrated care networks (ICNs) to deliver a broad range of Medicaid long-term care services, ranging [...]
Issue
Health
Date
May 19, 2015
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Alabama would suffer for years to come under no-new-revenue General Fund budget

Alabamians’ quality of life would suffer for years to come if the no-new-revenue General Fund (GF) budget that the House’s GF budget committee approved Thursday becomes reality. The House is expected to vote Tuesday on the budget, which would slash vital services like health care, child care and public safety. The state’s promising new reforms of Medicaid [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Tax Reform
Date
May 15, 2015
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Alabama Medicaid long-term care bills head for full House, Senate votes

Alabama would deliver Medicaid long-term care services in a new way under two identical bills that won legislative committee approval Wednesday. House and Senate committees approved the respective bills – HB 585, sponsored by Rep. April Weaver, R-Brierfield, and SB 431, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed, R-Jasper – without opposition. State Health Officer [...]
Issue
Health
Date
May 6, 2015
Author
M.J. Ellington
Blog

Alabama crossroads: We need new revenue

We all want to live in a healthy, secure and prosperous state. Alabama is taking important steps toward that goal now, but deep General Fund budget cuts could undo that progress. Medicaid’s new regional care organizations will keep patients healthier while cutting costs. Prison system improvements will protect Alabamians while lowering costs and helping former inmates transition back [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Tax Reform
Date
April 23, 2015
Author
Kimble Forrister
Blog

HIV medication redistribution bill wins Alabama House committee approval

Pharmacies that distribute HIV medications for or in HIV clinics could redistribute certain unopened drugs under a bill approved Thursday by the House Health Committee. HB 247, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, awaits action in the full House. An identical bill passed the House 99-0 last year but died when the Senate adjourned without [...]
Issue
Health
Date
April 2, 2015
Author
Jim Carnes
Fact Sheet

Health security for Alabama’s working families

Hundreds of thousands of uninsured Alabamians would qualify for Medicaid if Alabama expanded eligibility to adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. (That's about $15,000 a year for individuals and $31,000 a year for a family of four.) Many hard-working Alabamians have no health coverage because they earn too much to [...]
Issues
Health, Medicaid Expansion
Date
March 31, 2015
Author
Jim Carnes
Blog

Four things to know about Alabama’s 2016 funding challenges

It’s the latest verse of a decades-old song: Alabama faces yet another funding shortfall next year for vital services like Medicaid, mental health care and corrections. Here are four things to know about the budget challenges facing the Legislature during the 2015 regular session that began Tuesday. (1) Alabama’s revenues for the budgets that fund [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Tax Reform
Date
March 4, 2015
Author
Chris Sanders
Report

The State of Working Alabama 2014: Health coverage in Alabama: Where we’ve succeeded and where there’s work to do

Alabama has enjoyed great success in recent decades in ensuring that children and seniors have the health protection they need, according to a new Arise Citizens’ Policy Project report issued Tuesday as part of The State of Working Alabama 2014. But the state lags behind the nation when it comes to insuring young adults, nearly 30 percent [...]
Issues
Health, Economic Opportunity, Medicaid Expansion
Date
November 25, 2014
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

General Fund budget, changes to Alabama’s landlord-tenant law enacted

Next year’s General Fund (GF) budget became law Thursday night when the Alabama House ended the 2014 regular session without considering Gov. Robert Bentley’s proposed amendment to it. Bentley’s changes to the $1.8 billion GF budget were enacted automatically when the House adjourned. Check out AL.com’s report to learn more about Thursday’s action. Bentley still must decide [...]
Issues
Health, Housing, Budgets
Date
April 4, 2014
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Alabama Legislature passes ETF budget, goes home without approving bills on payday lending, execution drug secrecy

Alabama lawmakers passed a $5.9 billion Education Trust Fund (ETF) budget without a pay raise for K-12 teachers just before the 2014 regular session ended Thursday night. The House voted 54-45 to agree to the compromise budget that the Senate approved Tuesday. That leaves Gov. Robert Bentley, who urged the Legislature to approve a 2 percent [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Payday & Title Lending Reform, Safety Net, Tax Reform
Date
April 3, 2014
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Alabama Senate committee amends execution drug secrecy bill, approves HIV drug redistribution bill

An Alabama Senate committee Wednesday unanimously approved a bill that would keep the identities of people involved in carrying out state-sanctioned executions secret in most instances. But the Senate Health Committee amended the bill to divulge the names of companies that manufacture or supply lethal injection drugs if a judge orders their release. HB 379, [...]
Issues
Criminal Justice, Health
Date
March 19, 2014
Author
M.J. Ellington
Blog

Legacies of recession, chronic shortfalls linger in Alabama’s budgets

State support for education and other public services under the Education Trust Fund (ETF) and General Fund (GF) next year would not come close to its pre-recession level under the budgets that advanced in the Alabama Legislature on Wednesday. Both budgets are built on the assumption that the state will see no major revenue increases [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health, Tax Reform, Medicaid Expansion
Date
February 26, 2014
Author
Chris Sanders
Blog

Medicaid, prison funding challenges remain as Alabama House committee OKs barebones General Fund budget

Medicaid, mental health and other human services in Alabama would face yet another year of tight funding under the General Fund (GF) budget that cleared a state House committee Wednesday. The committee’s version was virtually identical to the one that Gov. Robert Bentley recommended last month. The committee approved next year’s proposed $1.8 billion operating [...]
Issues
Budgets, Criminal Justice, Health
Date
February 20, 2014
Author
Carol Gundlach
Blog

Anti-ACA bill clears Alabama Senate committee

A bill that purports to nullify parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) sailed through an Alabama Senate committee Wednesday with few questions. The bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration. SB 220’s sponsor, Sen. Jerry Fielding, R-Sylacauga, told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee that he needed to pass the bill out [...]
Issue
Health
Date
February 19, 2014
Author
M.J. Ellington
Blog

Bill to allow some pharmacies to redispense HIV drugs goes to Alabama House

Pharmacies that dispense HIV medications for or in HIV clinics would be able to redistribute certain unopened drugs under a bill that the House Health Committee approved unanimously Wednesday. HB 138, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Todd, D-Birmingham, now moves to the full House. Current regulations prohibit HIV clinics from sending back medications, Todd said, even if patients do not show up for treatment. Clinic [...]
Issue
Health
Date
February 12, 2014
Author
M.J. Ellington
Blog

Legislation would end Alabama Health Insurance Plan

An Alabama law that guarantees health insurance coverage for some people without regard to their health status is on the fast track to obsolescence in the Legislature. Sponsors of identical House and Senate bills that would end the Alabama Health Insurance Plan (AHIP) say the program no longer will be needed because the Affordable Care [...]
Issue
Health
Date
February 5, 2014
Author
M.J. Ellington
Fact Sheet

No-frills Alabama Medicaid brings health care, jobs

Alabamians often are surprised to learn that Medicaid is a major engine for the state's economy. Medicaid creates thousands of jobs, supports rural hospitals and the state's only children's hospital, pays for medical equipment that all patients use, boosts tax revenue in local communities and enhances our quality of life. Medicaid touches the lives of average [...]
Issue
Health
Date
April 17, 2012
Author
M.J. Ellington