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Progressive tax changes would allow Alabama’s budgets to endure and rebuild after COVID-19

Alabamians are living through hard times right now. Thousands of people are sick. Many more are scared or out of work. Uncertainty is everywhere amid a pandemic with no clear timetable or end game. As more businesses close or cut back, as more people lose income, and as fewer of us go to the stores [...]
Issues
Budgets, Tax Reform, Coronavirus
Date
April 30, 2020
Author
Carol Gundlach
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. 8, 2020. 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
Health, Housing, Safety Net, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus
Date
April 16, 2020
Author
Alabama Arise
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
Budgets, Health, Safety Net, Economic Opportunity, Coronavirus, Medicaid Expansion
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
In the News

The South may see the largest share of coronavirus misery

"In Alabama, poverty and poor health are a legacy of decades of racist public policies that have excluded people of color from health care," Arise's Jim Carnes tells Stateline. "The question is whether the light will be bright enough this time that our officials will be forced to face the reality and address it." Read [...]
Date
April 13, 2020
Source
Stateline
In the News

As pandemic continues, homeless find themselves on the fringes of life

The COVID-19 pandemic has left many Alabamians wondering "when they'll get paid again, or where they'll get their next meal, or where they'll sleep tonight," Arise's Chris Sanders tells AL.com. "And they have no idea how in the world they'd pay for health care if they get sick." Read more on AL.com.
Date
April 11, 2020
Source
AL.com
In the News

Alabama Department of Labor makes improvements to unemployment site, looks to outsource help to keep up with claim demand

"The well-being of any of us is tied inextricably to the well-being of all of us," Arise's Chris Sanders tells WHNT 19 in Huntsville. "We need to be looking to ensure that everyone has the ability to get by, to make ends meet, to provide for their families." Learn more from WHNT 19.
Date
April 8, 2020
Source
WHNT 19
In the News

155% increase in Ala. food assistance applications between February and March

About 55,000 Alabamians temporarily regained SNAP eligibility under a new federal law. "They should go in and reapply for benefits if they have been cut off because of the time limit. Because they’re eligible again, and will not be cut off as long as this emergency lasts," Arise's Carol Gundlach tells WSFA 12 in Montgomery. [...]
Date
April 8, 2020
Source
WSFA 12 News
In the News

Federal law is expanding SNAP benefits for people who need food

New federal SNAP changes to suspend time limits and lift enrollment barriers are "going to make a really big difference in keeping people fed who otherwise would have been going hungry," Arise's Carol Gundlach tells WAFF 48 in Huntsville. Learn more from WAFF 48.
Date
April 6, 2020
Source
WAFF 48