Alabama Medicaid http://apr.org en State Says Alabama Medicaid Monthly Enrollment Tops 1M http://apr.org/post/state-says-alabama-medicaid-monthly-enrollment-tops-1m <p></p><p>State officials say Alabama Medicaid's monthly enrollment has topped 1 million for the first time.</p><p>Officials said Thursday that a review of data for the first five months of the year show the milestone happened in February. Officials attribute the increase to a federally required transfer of children from the state's All Kids program and changes in how Medicaid eligibility is determined. Officials say the numbers also reflect the first enrollment of individuals who applied for coverage through the federal health exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:55:12 +0000 The Associated Press 55106 at http://apr.org State Says Alabama Medicaid Monthly Enrollment Tops 1M Bentley's Budgets Would Increase Education Funding http://apr.org/post/bentleys-budgets-would-increase-education-funding <p>Gov. Robert Bentley is proposing state budgets that would require most state agencies to get by next year with about the same amount they are receiving this year.</p><p>Bentley's proposals include increases for all levels of public education.</p><p>Bentley's office released his recommended budgets Tuesday, which is the second day of the Legislature's 2014 session.</p><p>Bentley's state General Fund budget for the next fiscal year would spend $1.8 billion. The biggest increase is $70 million is for Medicaid. Courts would get a small increase.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:40:55 +0000 The Associated Press 45038 at http://apr.org Bentley's Budgets Would Increase Education Funding Alabama Reaches Agreement On Voter Registration http://apr.org/post/alabama-reaches-agreement-voter-registration <p></p><p>Voting rights groups and Alabama officials have reached an agreement to make sure people applying for social services receive voter registration material.</p><p>The Alabama State Conference of the NAACP and others announced the agreement Tuesday. It calls for the state to proactively offer voter registration services to people when they apply for, renew or submit a change of address to the state Medicaid Agency or state Department of Human Resources.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:58:43 +0000 The Associated Press 44543 at http://apr.org Alabama Reaches Agreement On Voter Registration Wal-Mart Makes Pharmacy Pitch To State Panel http://apr.org/post/wal-mart-makes-pharmacy-pitch-state-panel <p>A Wal-Mart Stores Inc. representative offered a proposal to a state Medicaid reform panel that would make the chain Alabama's main provider of drugs through Medicaid.</p><p>Members of the Alabama Medicaid Pharmacy Study Commission heard the proposal Thursday. Panel members were appointed by Gov. Robert Bentley to look for ways to save money on drugs dispensed through Medicaid, the state and federal medical insurance program.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 21:22:34 +0000 The Associated Press 40437 at http://apr.org Wal-Mart Makes Pharmacy Pitch To State Panel Ala. Trying To Avoid Repaying $88M To Medicaid http://apr.org/post/ala-trying-avoid-repaying-88m-medicaid <p></p><p>The federal government says Alabama should repay almost $90 million in Medicaid funding.</p><p>A report from the Office of Inspector General says the federal government gave Alabama too much Medicaid bonus money in 2009 and 2010.</p><p>The report says that's because the state Medicaid agency used improper calculations to compute how many children participated in the program.</p><p>State Health Officer Don Williamson says the state agency made what he calls an "honest mistake" that resulted in the state's report being off by about 90,000 children.</p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 22:02:47 +0000 The Associated Press 36863 at http://apr.org Ala. Trying To Avoid Repaying $88M To Medicaid New Alabama Medicaid Districts Unveiled http://apr.org/post/new-alabama-medicaid-districts-unveiled-0 <p>Alabama Medicaid officials have divided the state into five districts under a new care management plan that's supposed to streamline the system.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Legislature earlier this year approved a reorganization of Medicaid into districts around the state. State Health Officer Don Williamson, the acting Medicaid director, said it was difficult to decide how to divide the counties, and added that some counties could be shifted before the map is finalized Oct. 1.<br> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:47:45 +0000 The Associated Press 32570 at http://apr.org New Alabama Medicaid Districts Unveiled New Alabama Medicaid Districts Unveiled http://apr.org/post/new-alabama-medicaid-districts-unveiled <p>Alabama Medicaid officials have divided the state into five districts under a new care management plan.<br><br>&nbsp;&nbsp; The Legislature earlier this year approved a reorganization of Medicaid into districts around the state. Acting Medicaid Director State Health Officer Don Williamson says it was difficult to decide how to divide the counties, and added that some counties could be shifted before the map is finalized Oct. 1.<br> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:47:43 +0000 The Associated Press 32569 at http://apr.org New Alabama Medicaid Districts Unveiled Alabama Legislature Approves General Fund Budget http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislature-approves-general-fund-budget <p>The Alabama Legislature has approved a compromise General Fund budget that increases funding for courts and prisons.<br> Fri, 10 May 2013 11:57:21 +0000 The Associated Press 30112 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislature Approves General Fund Budget Alabama Legislature Extends 2 Taxes For Medicaid http://apr.org/post/alabama-legislature-extends-2-taxes-medicaid <P>The Alabama Legislature has voted to extend two taxes that support the state Medicaid program.</P> <P>The assessments on nursing homes and hospitals were due to expire this year, but the Senate gave final approval Thursday to bills that extend the nursing home tax for two years and the hospital tax for three years. The bills passed the House earlier and now go to the governor to be signed into law.</P> <P>Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur says the bills were critical to maintaining Medicaid services for low-income Alabamians.</P> Thu, 09 May 2013 21:54:04 +0000 The Associated Press 30084 at http://apr.org Alabama Legislature Extends 2 Taxes For Medicaid Alabama Passes Managed Care Medicaid Revision http://apr.org/post/alabama-passes-managed-care-medicaid-revision <p>The Alabama Legislature passed a sweeping revision to Medicaid that replaces the way the program delivers and pays for care with regional managed care operators.</p><p>Under the legislation passed Tuesday, the State Medicaid Agency will no longer bear financial risks but will instead assume the role of contract administrators. Savings of $50 million to $75 million over five years and future cost containment is expected.</p><p>Privately owned Regional Care Organizations won't deal directly with patients, but will contract directly with doctors to provide care.</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 21:47:20 +0000 The Associated Press 29924 at http://apr.org Alabama Passes Managed Care Medicaid Revision Medicaid Reform Bill Up for Debate Alabama House http://apr.org/post/medicaid-reform-bill-debate-alabama-house <p>The Alabama House will consider a bill that would reorganize the state's Medicaid program.<br><br>The bill will be up for final passage in the House of Representative Tuesday.<br><br>The bill was recommended by a Medicaid Advisory committee created by Gov. Robert Bentley.<br><br>The Medicaid bill will be debated Tuesday with just three days remaining in the 2013 legislative session. The bill replaces the current payment method with the regional care organizations.<br> Tue, 07 May 2013 13:31:20 +0000 The Associated Press 29885 at http://apr.org Medicaid Reform Bill Up for Debate Alabama House Legislators Start Talking About Changing Medicaid http://apr.org/post/legislators-start-talking-about-changing-medicaid <p></p><p></p><p>Lawmakers are trying to ease the financial burden Medicaid places on Alabama by passing a bill designed to streamline the $5.63 billion program's operational system.</p><p>The bill under consideration could change the present "fee-for-service" basis of Medicaid payments to a for-profit, managed care plan or a combination of nonprofit and for-profit companies.</p><p>The Medicaid Advisory Committee commissioned by Gov. Robert Bentley does not want to use for-profit managed care companies.</p> Sun, 07 Apr 2013 05:32:55 +0000 The Associated Press 28067 at http://apr.org Legislators Start Talking About Changing Medicaid Joint Session Hears Public on Medicaid Overhaul http://apr.org/post/joint-session-hears-public-medicaid-overhaul <P>A joint session of the Alabama legislature heard a recap of bills intended to provide major changes to the way Medicaid is administered in the state.</P> <P>Dr. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 13:10:54 +0000 The Associated Press 27918 at http://apr.org Joint Session Hears Public on Medicaid Overhaul Legislators Hear Comments On Ala. Medicaid Bill http://apr.org/post/legislators-hear-comments-ala-medicaid-bill <P>Representatives from community groups and managed care companies are lauding the Legislature's efforts to reorganize Alabama's Medicaid program.</P> <P>Speakers told House and Senate members Tuesday that the proposal is a major first step, but they also voiced concerns for the bill before it goes to committees for public hearings and revisions.</P> <P>The bill would change Medicaid from a fee-for-service program to a program where private-sector contractors develop care networks in up to eight regions of the state.</P> <P>Executives with the four patient care networks in the state aske Tue, 19 Mar 2013 22:06:19 +0000 The Associated Press 27021 at http://apr.org Legislators Hear Comments On Ala. Medicaid Bill New Medicaid System Endorsed By Governor Bentley http://apr.org/post/new-medicaid-system-endorsed-governor-bentley <P>Governor Robert Bentley has announced his support for changes to Alabama's Medicaid system that would impact one out of every five Alabamians.</P> <P>The Medicaid Advisory Commission advocates changing the basic operating model from a fee-for-service system to a managed care program. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:57:13 +0000 The Associated Press 26576 at http://apr.org New Medicaid System Endorsed By Governor Bentley