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‘Flagrantly cruel’ Medicaid changes would mean ‘poorer, more desperate and less healthy Alabama families,’ Arise tells state officials

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

Lack of affordable housing ‘at crisis levels’ across Alabama

Right now Alabama is 77,000 housing units short for low income families. The crisis was compounded by the April 2011 tornadoes which wiped out many homes. Advocates say the situation is leaving many in substandard housing conditions. ABC 33/40 talked with a state lawmaker and Arise Citizens' Policy Project about the problem and potential solutions.
Date
March 16, 2018
Source
ABC 33/40
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
Blog

Alabama House passes bill that would erode renters’ rights

In a setback for renters throughout Alabama, the House voted 78-4 Thursday to erode protections for the state’s tenants. HB 421, sponsored by Rep. David Sessions, R-Grand Bay, now moves to the Senate. HB 421 would reduce the number of curable, or fixable, breaches of a lease in a year from the current four to [...]
Issue
Housing
Date
March 8, 2018
Author
Dev Wakeley
Blog

Senate passes 30-days-to-pay bill that would help Alabama payday loan borrowers

Payday loan borrowers across Alabama would get more time to repay and collectively would save tens of millions of dollars a year under a bill that the state Senate passed 20-4 Thursday. The 30-days-to-pay bill – SB 138, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur – now goes to the House. SB 138 would extend Alabama’s [...]
Issue
Payday & Title Lending Reform
Date
March 8, 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
In the News

Advocates say Medicaid work proposals will target women

Ashley Edwards had a few questions Monday about a move to impose work requirements on a small and mostly-female population receiving Medicaid benefits. “Who is going to help recipients find gainful employment?” Edwards said at a public hearing on the proposed changes. “Who will provide child care for recipients who get gainful employment? Will new [...]
Date
March 5, 2018
Source
Montgomery Advertiser
In the News

Alabama Medicaid work requirement plan called cruel, misguided

Speakers at a public hearing today said a proposal by the Alabama Medicaid Agency to impose new work requirements on some able-bodied parents would be punitive, partly because those affected face major barriers to employment and would eventually lose their health coverage even if they got jobs.
Date
March 5, 2018
Source
AL.com
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