Alabama Medicaid

Newscast
9:30 am
Thu May 28, 2015

Clock Ticking on Both General Fund Budget and State Lottery Bill

Alabama State House
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Time is running out for the Alabama Legislature to work out a general fund budget, but the state Senate is beginning to iron out the details.

State agency heads told members of the Senate Budget Committee yesterday that proposed cuts will close circuit clerk offices, slash Medicaid services and send state prisons into a danger zone of crowding and violence.

Committee Chairman Arthur Orr says there are close to $150 million in revenue-generating bills under discussion that could reduce the cuts if they win legislative approval.

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Newscast
9:35 am
Fri May 15, 2015

General Fund Budget Taking Shape, Alabama Unites for Nepal

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Alabama’s general fund budget is slowly starting to take shape after some action in the state house.

The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee has approved a budget that makes deep cuts to state agencies. The budget would cut Medicaid, mental health and state prisons corrections by five percent. Other state agencies would be cut by nine percent.

This proposal would impact the general fund budget. Alabama’s schools are funded by a separate spending plan.

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Committees
10:26 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Busy day ahead for legislative committees

Alabama's Senate floor

Committee members throughout the Alabama Legislature have a busy day ahead of them.

The Senate Education Committee will hold a public hearing this morning on a bill aiming to repeal the Common Core curriculum standards.

The House Ways and Means Education Committee will also consider changes to the Alabama Accountability Act, a state program that provides scholarships to help some families pay for private school.

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Newscast
6:08 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Bentley Exploring Medicaid Expansion, Oil Transportation, VA Meeting

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
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Newscast
5:55 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Bentley May Expand Medicaid, Small Business Seminar on ACA

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Governor Robert Bentley may be softening his position on expanding Medicaid. APR’s Pat Duggins reports…

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Newscast
5:47 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Alabama Accountability Act, Cancer Specialists Call for Medicaid Expansion and Orion

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The Alabama Supreme Court has heard arguments on the constitutionality of a law that gives low-income families tax credits to pay for private school.

A lawyer representing individuals challenging the Alabama Accountability Act said Wednesday that it does an end run on Alabama's prohibition of using education funds to support private religious schools.

However, a lawyer representing families using the credits said it supports parents seeking education opportunities for their children, not private schools.

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Medicaid Enrollment
3:55 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

State Says Alabama Medicaid Monthly Enrollment Tops 1M

State officials say Alabama Medicaid's monthly enrollment has topped 1 million for the first time.
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State officials say Alabama Medicaid's monthly enrollment has topped 1 million for the first time.

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.

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Politics & Government
3:40 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Bentley's Budgets Would Increase Education Funding

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.
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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.

Bentley's proposals include increases for all levels of public education.

Bentley's office released his recommended budgets Tuesday, which is the second day of the Legislature's 2014 session.

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.

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Voter Registration
3:58 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Alabama Reaches Agreement On Voter Registration

Voting rights groups and Alabama officials have reached an agreement to make sure people applying for social services receive voter registration material.
Credit University of Wisconsin

Voting rights groups and Alabama officials have reached an agreement to make sure people applying for social services receive voter registration material.

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.

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Alabama Medicaid-Wal-Mart
4:22 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Wal-Mart Makes Pharmacy Pitch To State Panel

Wal-Mart wants to become the main dispenser of Medicaid drugs in Alabama.
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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.

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.

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Medicaid Repayment
5:02 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Ala. Trying To Avoid Repaying $88M To Medicaid

State Health Officer Don Williamson says the state will hold negotiations to avoid having to repay the entire $88 million.
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The federal government says Alabama should repay almost $90 million in Medicaid funding.

A report from the Office of Inspector General says the federal government gave Alabama too much Medicaid bonus money in 2009 and 2010.

The report says that's because the state Medicaid agency used improper calculations to compute how many children participated in the program.

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.

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Politics & Government
7:47 am
Tue June 18, 2013

New Alabama Medicaid Districts Unveiled

Acting Medicaid Director State Health Officer Don Williamson.
al.com

Alabama Medicaid officials have divided the state into five districts under a new care management plan that's supposed to streamline the system.

   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.

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Politics & Government
7:47 am
Tue June 18, 2013

New Alabama Medicaid Districts Unveiled

Acting Medicaid Director State Health Officer Don Williamson.
al.com

Alabama Medicaid officials have divided the state into five districts under a new care management plan.

   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.

Politics & Government
6:57 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Alabama Legislature Approves General Fund Budget

The Alabama Senate and House passed budgets for education and the General Fund on Thursday, May 9.
The Associated Press

The Alabama Legislature has approved a compromise General Fund budget that increases funding for courts and prisons.

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Medicaid Funding
4:54 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Alabama Legislature Extends 2 Taxes For Medicaid

The state legislature has voted to extend two taxes that support the state Medicaid program
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The Alabama Legislature has voted to extend two taxes that support the state Medicaid program.

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.

Senate budget committee Chairman Arthur Orr of Decatur says the bills were critical to maintaining Medicaid services for low-income Alabamians.

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