Alabama Arise http://apr.org en Delays On 1st Day Of Marketplace In Alabama http://apr.org/post/delays-1st-day-marketplace-alabama <p>Alabamians and others around the country are experiencing delays trying to get into the federal government&#39;s health insurance marketplace website on its first day.</p><p>Visitors are getting messages that the site has lots of visitors or that it is unavailable. At Alabama Arise in Montgomery, executive director Kimble Forrister said he tried to help a woman Tuesday morning and couldn&#39;t get through. But he said he expected the website to be busy on the first day to review the insurance plans.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 20:45:43 +0000 The Associated Press 38939 at http://apr.org Delays On 1st Day Of Marketplace In Alabama Groups Recommending Changes In Alabama Power Rates http://apr.org/post/groups-recommending-changes-alabama-power-rates <p>Some groups will call for rate changes for Alabama Power Co. when the state's utility regulatory board wraps up hearings Wednesday on the state's largest electric utility.</p><p>AARP and Alabama Arise have filed position papers saying the current rate structure is too favorable to the company. Alabama Power says the rate structure is fair and reasonable, and it allows the company to provide a reliable product despite residential demand that is higher than the national average.</p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:09:49 +0000 The Associated Press 34260 at http://apr.org Groups Recommending Changes In Alabama Power Rates 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