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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
In the News

Alabama Medicaid should use every tool it has to save lives

"Medicaid and other services that provide health care for struggling and marginalized Alabamians form the backbone of the health care system that protects us all," Arise's Jim Carnes writes in the Montgomery Advertiser. And the COVID-19 pandemic "only heightens the need for that system to be as strong as we can make it." Read more in [...]
Date
March 23, 2020
Source
Montgomery Advertiser
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
Health, Coronavirus
Date
March 19, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
In the News

Coronavirus concerns have you stocking up? Keep WIC families in mind

"We're all in this together, and some families are struggling a lot more to just meet basic nutritional needs than are others, especially when kids are home from school," Arise's Carol Gundlach tells WBRC Fox 6 in Birmingham. Learn more from WBRC Fox 6 News.
Date
March 17, 2020
Source
WBRC Fox 6 News
Blog

Alabama Arise’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Here at Alabama Arise, we share the uncertainty and worry that many of you may feel about COVID-19 and how best to prepare ourselves, help our neighbors and speak out for adequate resources and aid. Our first priority is the physical and mental health and safety of our members, partners and staff, and of people [...]
Issue
Coronavirus
Date
March 17, 2020
Author
Robyn Hyden
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
In the News

State puts $5M toward coronavirus prep, testing

"The impact of COVID-19 on low-income people in Alabama is going to be huge," Arise's Jim Carnes tells Birmingham Watch. "The No. 1 thing we’re concerned about is lack of health coverage." Read more from Birmingham Watch.
Date
March 12, 2020
Source
Birmingham Watch
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
In the News

Drop Alabama’s state grocery tax? Senate committee hears debate

Alabama is one of only three states with no tax break on groceries. "We're subsidizing a reliance on a tax loophole that helps a few people with a ridiculous and unjust tax on food that hurts everybody," Arise's Robyn Hyden told a state Senate committee. Read more from the Montgomery Advertiser.
Date
March 11, 2020
Source
Montgomery Advertiser