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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: April 5, 2019

We're excited about some early progress on civil asset forfeiture reform at the State House. Below, Arise policy analyst Dev Wakeley breaks down the benefits of SB 191, which the Senate could vote on as early as Tuesday, April 9. For more information, visit our action alerts page to contact your senator and ask them [...]
Issue
Criminal Justice
Date
April 5, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

On civil asset forfeiture, Alabama Legislature takes initial steps toward progress

Alabamians deserve a legal system that respects their rights to due process. That includes not taking someone’s property without compensation unless there is clear and convincing evidence the property is linked to a crime. But under Alabama’s civil asset forfeiture practices, people can lose their possessions – without a conviction or even a criminal charge [...]
Issue
Criminal Justice
Date
April 4, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley
In the News

Hot Blast: More reasons to support Medicaid expansion in Alabama

"How can Alabama increase labor force participation and boost its economy? Expand Medicaid to cover those trapped in the state’s coverage gap," Arise's Robyn Hyden tells The Anniston Star. "With the right set of early interventions, at least some workers who suffer from untreated and debilitating conditions could remain on the job." Read more in The [...]
Date
April 3, 2019
Source
Anniston Star
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
Date
March 29, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
In the News

Editorial: Grocery tax point of shame for Alabama

"There is no bigger proponent of this proposal [to untax groceries] than Alabama Arise, the Montgomery-based nonprofit that advocates for the state’s low-income residents," The Anniston Star writes. "At its core, it offers a simple solution: eliminate the statewide sales tax on groceries and replace the lost revenue to Alabama’s budgets by ending the state income-tax [...]
Date
March 28, 2019
Source
Anniston Star
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
Date
March 22, 2019
Author
Matt Okarmus
Blog

Good news on court fees from the Senate Judiciary Committee

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would remove a barrier to justice for low-income Alabamians. SB 30, sponsored by Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, heads to the Senate, which could vote as soon as Thursday. (March 21 update: That's exactly what happened. The Senate voted 28-0 for the bill, which now [...]
Issue
Other
Date
March 20, 2019
Author
Dev Wakeley
In the News

Alabama Arise pushes for Medicaid expansion

"We're really excited about the new lawmakers in town and some of our longtime statesmen who understand the pressures that our state health care system is under and the opportunities that our state has to invest," Arise's Robyn Hyden tells CBS 42 in Birmingham. Learn more from CBS 42.
Date
March 20, 2019
Source
CBS 42
In the News

Alabama Arise renews call for Medicaid expansion, tax reform

"About 300 Arise members attended today’s legislative day at the Alabama State House," AL.com reported. "They filled the State House’s largest committee room for a news conference about ways to pay for the state’s share of expanding Medicaid." Read more from AL.com.
Date
March 19, 2019
Source
AL.com