Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion 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 No Health Insurance? You May Owe More Money On Next Year's Taxes http://apr.org/post/no-health-insurance-you-may-owe-more-money-next-years-taxes <p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:27:18 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 54160 at http://apr.org No Health Insurance? You May Owe More Money On Next Year's Taxes "Commonhealth" of Kentucky http://apr.org/post/commonhealth-kentucky <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>All year long on Alabama Public Radio, we’re collaborating with AL.com to examine the Affordable Care Act.&nbsp; When it comes to healthcare, Alabama has its problems. So does the commonwealth of Kentucky.&nbsp; The difference is, the Bluegrass state is going about it differently and they seem to be getting results.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 18:32:43 +0000 Stan Ingold 52236 at http://apr.org "Commonhealth" of Kentucky The Affordable Care Act: AL.Com's Brendan Kirby on the Medicaid Gap http://apr.org/post/affordable-care-act-alcoms-brendan-kirby-medicaid-gap <p>The deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is Monday.&nbsp; All this week, and for the rest of the year, Alabama Public Radio is partnering with <a href="http://www.al.com/#/0" target="_blank">AL.Com</a> to bring you stories on how Alabamians are coping with the changes.&nbsp; One issue that’s having an immediate impact is the so-called Medicaid gap.&nbsp; The authors of the Affordable Care Act had intended for low-income people to get covered under expanded Medicaid.&nbsp; But when the U.S. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Jeremy Loeb 49079 at http://apr.org The Affordable Care Act: AL.Com's Brendan Kirby on the Medicaid Gap 624 Alabamians Pick Plans In Insurance Marketplace http://apr.org/post/624-alabamians-pick-plans-insurance-marketplace <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 624 Alabamians selected health insurance plans in the first month that Alabama's federally run health insurance marketplace was available.</p><p>That's equal to one-tenth of 1 percent of the estimated 677,000 Alabamians without health insurance.</p><p>The department says more than 10,500 applications were completed in Alabama in October, and they covered more than 20,800 people.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 21:37:43 +0000 The Associated Press 41574 at http://apr.org 624 Alabamians Pick Plans In Insurance Marketplace Alabama Democrats Fail In Expanding Medicaid http://apr.org/post/alabama-democrats-fail-expanding-medicaid <P>Democrats in the Alabama Legislature failed to achieve their top goal for the 2013 session.</P> <P>When the session began in February, Democratic legislators said their No. 1 goal was expanding Alabama's Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act. But they conceded on the session's last day Monday that their goal had failed. A bill to expand the program drew opposition from Gov. Robert Bentley and never went anywhere.</P> <P>The leader of the Senate Democratic Caucus, Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile, said an expansion could have provided health care to 300,000 Alabamians. Mon, 20 May 2013 21:43:40 +0000 The Associated Press 30758 at http://apr.org Alabama Democrats Fail In Expanding Medicaid Alabama Democrats Push For Medicaid Expansion http://apr.org/post/alabama-democrats-push-medicaid-expansion <P>The Democratic minority in the Alabama Senate has prepared legislation to require Alabama to expand its Medicaid program under the federal Affordable Care Act.</P> <P>Democratic Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma said Tuesday the legislation is a life-or-death matter for some of the 300,000 people who would be covered by Alabama's Medicaid program.</P> <P>The Affordable Care Act allows governors or Legislatures to make the decision about expanding. Republican Gov. Robert Bentley said Tuesday he remains opposed to expanding Alabama's Medicaid program under the current rules. Tue, 26 Feb 2013 22:37:49 +0000 The Associated Press 25678 at http://apr.org Alabama Democrats Push For Medicaid Expansion Ala. Senate Democrats Blocked On Medicaid Effort http://apr.org/post/ala-senate-democrats-blocked-medicaid-effort <P>Democrats in the Alabama Senate are having trouble pressing their top issue.</P> <P>Senate Minority Leader Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile offered a resolution Thursday urging the Republican governor to reconsider his decision not to expand Medicaid. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 22:39:39 +0000 The Associated Press 25414 at http://apr.org Ala. Senate Democrats Blocked On Medicaid Effort Alabama Senate Democrats Seek Medicaid Expansion http://apr.org/post/alabama-senate-democrats-seek-medicaid-expansion <P>Senate Democrats say their priority for the 2013 legislative session is getting Alabama to expand its Medicaid program.</P> <P>The Senate Democratic Caucus announced at a news conference Tuesday that it hopes to get Republican Gov. Robert Bentley to reverse his decision not to expand the program under the federal Affordable Care Act. Bentley, a physician, is opposed to enlarging the Medicaid program under the current structure.</P> <P>Democratic Sen. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:08:18 +0000 The Associated Press 24850 at http://apr.org Alabama Senate Democrats Seek Medicaid Expansion NAACP Planning Montgomery Health Care Rally http://apr.org/post/naacp-planning-montgomery-health-care-rally <P>The Alabama NAACP is planning a rally Saturday at the Capitol in Montgomery to show its support for the Affordable Care Act.</P> <DIV> <P>Organizers say the rally is also to express concern about Gov. Robert Bentley not using the law to expand Medicaid coverage in Alabama.</P> <P>Bentley said Tuesday he respects the work the NAACP has done. But he said he doesn't like the Affordable Care Act, and Medicaid under its current structure is unworkable. He said not expanding Alabama's Medicaid program is a way he can send a message to Washington that Medicaid needs changes. Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:43:32 +0000 The Associated Press 22981 at http://apr.org NAACP Planning Montgomery Health Care Rally UAB Report: Medicaid Expansion Could Mean $1 Billion in Revenue for Alabama http://apr.org/post/uab-report-medicaid-expansion-could-mean-1-billion-revenue-alabama <P>A big deadline is looming today for state's like Alabama. Washington wants to know which states plan to create&nbsp;their own health insurance exchanges, as part of the Affordable Care Act. Each state that says “no” will leave that job up to&nbsp;the federal government. Today's&nbsp;deadline comes just days after&nbsp;the University of Alabama at Birmingham released a report related to the expansion of Medicaid under the act. The report says if Alabama opts into the Medicaid expansion, it could mean a billion dollars in new tax revenue for the state. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 19:15:08 +0000 Maggie Martin 21921 at http://apr.org UAB Report: Medicaid Expansion Could Mean $1 Billion in Revenue for Alabama