Arise update: May 1, 2020
As job losses and business closures mount, state revenues for education, health care and other public services are likely to plummet. Arise's Carol Gundlach discusses how progressive tax changes would help prevent cuts to these services and help Alabama rebuild its economy after the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about our proposals here.
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 [...]
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 [...]
How to get help in Alabama during the COVID-19 crisis
Last updated March 16, 2021. 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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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.
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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.
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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. [...]