Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Medicaid Announcement
4:57 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

New Medicaid System Endorsed By Governor Bentley

Gov. Robert Bentley announced his support for the Medicaid Advisory Commission's recommendations to change Alabama's Medicaid system.
Credit dyn.politico.com

Governor Robert Bentley has announced his support for changes to Alabama's Medicaid system that would impact one out of every five Alabamians.


The Medicaid Advisory Commission advocates changing the basic operating model from a fee-for-service system to a managed care program. Under the proposal, private-sector contractors would develop care networks in eight newly-created regions across the state.


The new framework would aim to offer better service to patients through regional operations that are responsive to local needs, according to the governor.

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School Flexibility
7:23 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

School Flexibility Bill Headed To Senate For Vote

A bill to allow city and county school systems to opt out of state education laws could come up in the Senate for final vote next week.

Legislation that would allow city and county school systems to opt out of state education laws could come up for a final vote in the Senate next week.

A school flexibility bill cleared the House on Feb. 14 and was approved by the Senate Education Committee in a 5-3 vote Wednesday, with Republicans voting yes and Democrats voting no. A spokesman for Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says the bill is a priority and could come up for a vote as early as Tuesday.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he's ready to sign whatever version of the bill the Legislature passes.

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No Insurance Exchange
4:13 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Governor Bentley Stands By No Insurance Exchange

Gov. Robert Bentley stands by his decision to not operate a health insurance exchange despite deadline extension.
Credit State of Alabama

Alabama's governor isn't changing his mind about not operating a health insurance exchange even though President Barack Obama's administration has given states an extra month to decide.


Friday was supposed to the deadline for states to decide if they would run an exchange under the Affordable Care Act or let the federal government do it. The Obama administration announced Thursday night it was extending the deadline to Dec. 14. The extension came at the request of some Republican governors.

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Governor-Insurance Exchange
5:13 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Gov. Bentley Says No To Health Insurance Exchange

Governor Robert Bentley says the state won't create a health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.
Credit State of Alabama

Alabama's governor says the state won't create a health insurance exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act or use the law to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income Alabamians.


Gov. Robert Bentley made the announced Tuesday while speaking to the Birmingham Business Alliance. Friday is the deadline for states to notify President Barack Obama's administration whether they will create a state exchange or let the federal government implement one for them.

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Governor-Charter Schools
5:08 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Ala. Governor Won't Try Charter Schools Again

Governor Robert Bentley says he won't pursue legalizing charter schools in the upcoming legislative session.

Gov. Robert Bentley says he doesn't plan to propose the legalization of charter schools again in the 2013 session of the Legislature.


The Republican governor proposed charter school legislation in the 2012 session, but the state teachers' organization, the Alabama Education Association, secured enough votes to stop it.

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Politics & Government
7:42 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Ala. Governor Forms New Medicaid Advisory Board

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
Credit governor.alabama.gov

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has formed a commission to find ways to improve the Alabama Medicaid Agency's financial stability and to improve patient care provided by the agency.


Bentley signed an executive order Thursday forming the Alabama Medicaid Advisory Commission to be chaired by State Health Officer Don Williamson.


The chair and vice chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Medicaid Policy, Republican Rep. Greg Wren of Montgomery and Republican Sen. Greg Reed of Jasper, were named to the commission.

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