Alabama's $1.8 billion General Fund budget for the next fiscal year has become law with only small changes from the governor.
Gov. Robert Bentley sent a line item veto the House of Representatives late Thursday making some alterations to the budget. Those changes became law when representatives adjourned for the night without taking action.
House budget committee chairman Rep. Steve Clouse of Ozark says the governor's changes to the operating budget were minor.
Monday is the last day for the uninsured to start signing up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Anyone who hasn’t at least started the process of signing up by then will have no other way of doing so until November and will face a penalty. Bill Corr is Deputy Secretary with the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Bill Corr: “It’s important for people to sign up by then. If they don’t, it’ll be November before they have another enrollment period. If you signed up next November, you’d have insurance starting in January.”
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.
The Alabama Nursing Home Association is proud of the fact that at least one nursing home is available in every county in the state. But if the budget referendum taking place tomorrow fails that effort could be in danger. John Matson is a spokesman for the Alabama Nursing Home Association. He says a vote of "no" tomorrow could spell deep cuts on the horizon.
Tuscaloosa, AL – It's been one week since cuts to the state's Medicaid budget took effect. A dire budget shortfall prompted state lawmakers to make spending cuts. Dr. Don Williamson is Alabama's public health officer and is also chair of the Medicaid Transition task force. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez talked to Wiliamson about the short term and long term impact of the cuts as well as how to fix Medicaid going forward.