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 [...]
September 2019 newsletter
Alabama can lead the nation in addressing the inequities of our past By Robyn Hyden, executive director The Alabama Arise annual meeting is my favorite day of the year. It’s the day we invite members to present new issue proposals and select legislative priorities. This year, more than 200 people gathered in Montgomery on Sept. [...]
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Criminal justice study group offers Alabama a way to set the right course toward reform
"Doing the bare minimum to avoid federal oversight would be a disservice to our state," Arise's Dev Wakeley writes on AL.com. "The study group’s recommendations should offer a vision of a fully functional criminal justice system in Alabama." Read more on AL.com.
Alabama Arise comments in opposition to proposed SNAP categorical eligibility changes
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing a rule that would require some states to reduce gross income limits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applicants. It also would force 42 states, including Alabama, to impose resource limits on applicants. More than 3 million people would become ineligible for food assistance under the rule, [...]
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HIV advocacy group pioneers telehealth model in rural Alabama
"We have to accompany telemedicine with strong efforts to find incentives for rural practice, increasing our rural pipeline," Arise's Jim Carnes tells the Montgomery Advertiser. "We have to come to grips with the fact that Alabama underpays physicians we expect to carry the load of low-income Alabamians, many of whom are rural." Read more from [...]
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 [...]
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Alabama Arise: More Alabamians lack health insurance
"No one should have to go without the medical care they need simply because they can’t afford it," Arise's Jim Carnes tells Alabama Daily News. "But that's the reality for a growing number of Alabamians, because our state has refused to expand Medicaid." Read more from Alabama Daily News.
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 [...]
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, [...]
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Alabama Arise members meet, vote on critical state issues
"We believe that faith communities, people on the front lines of serving people in poverty, and people directly impacted who are in poverty come up with the best solutions," Arise's Robyn Hyden tells WSFA 12 in Montgomery. Learn more from WSFA 12 News.