Your voice matters! Make plans now to speak up for a better Alabama by attending Arise's 2017 Legislative Day on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, in Montgomery. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. that day in the Capitol Auditorium, with the issue briefing starting at 10 a.m. Next will be a news conference at 11:15 a.m., followed by a legislative reception at noon and legislative visits at 1 p.m. We'll wrap up the event with a membership meeting at 2:15 p.m.
It'll be an exciting day, and we hope to see you there. Space at the reception is limited, so please RSVP by Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, to confirm your spot. Click here to get more information and to RSVP today. Together, we can build a better Alabama for all!
Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in response to the release of Gov. Robert Bentley’s letter to U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy on suggested changes to the Affordable Care Act:
“We’re glad the governor recognizes the importance of not repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement, and we’re glad he urged Congress to protect funding for Medicaid and ALL Kids. But it was deeply disturbing to see him raise the prospects of allowing ‘a waiting period for pre-existing conditions’ and giving states more power to ‘reduce Medicaid benefits or enrollment.’
“Alabama Medicaid already has one of the lowest income eligibility limits and one of the most limited benefit packages in the country. Slashing our state’s barebones Medicaid program even more deeply would hurt hundreds of thousands of children, seniors, and people with disabilities who live in poverty, and it would do nothing to make our state healthier or more prosperous. Neither would returning to the bad old days of allowing discrimination against people with health conditions like cancer or diabetes.
“The Affordable Care Act has helped millions of people and saved thousands of lives across Alabama. Nearly 200,000 Alabamians have signed up for insurance through the ACA. More than 2 million Alabamians have pre-existing conditions that would have made it hard or impossible for them to get full coverage before the ACA lifted coverage caps and guaranteed their access to insurance. And the ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured young Alabamians by allowing 35,000 of them to remain on their parents’ plans until age 26.
“The stakes are too high for Alabamians to stay silent. We urge Alabamians to continue pressuring their members of Congress to protect Medicaid and not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement that offers comparable coverage and consumer protections.”
Arise Citizens’ Policy Project policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, after the U.S. House approved a resolution that would make it easier for Congress to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act:
“Protecting access to quality, affordable health care is more important than ever. Congress voted this week to make it easier to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, but that wasn’t the end of this debate. Now comes the hard work of ensuring that tens of millions of Americans don’t lose their health coverage and important consumer protections in the process.
“The Affordable Care Act has helped millions of people and saved thousands of lives across Alabama. Nearly 200,000 Alabamians have gained insurance through the ACA, and the vast majority of them receive tax credits to make their coverage more affordable. About 2 million Alabamians have pre-existing conditions that would have made it hard or impossible for them to get full coverage before the ACA lifted coverage caps and guaranteed their access to insurance. And the ACA has significantly reduced the number of uninsured young Alabamians by allowing 35,000 of them to remain on their parents’ plans until age 26.
“We urge Alabamians to continue pressuring their members of Congress not to repeal the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement that offers comparable coverage and consumer protections. ‘Repeal and delay’ is a dangerous and unacceptable path.”
Arise has worked for more than 25 years to build a better Alabama for all – and that work has never been more important than right now. We face a challenging policy landscape on health care, education, consumer protection and many other issues. It’s unclear what may happen to the groundwork Arise has laid for Medicaid reform and expansion in Alabama, or to recent federal proposals to protect consumers from high-cost payday and title loans.
It’s time to get to work, and we need your help every step of the way. Please become an Arise member today and help us strengthen our efforts to make life better for all Alabamians.
The stakes are high for families across our state. Arise will continue to fight for access to affordable health care for all Alabamians. We will continue to work to save important reforms enacted under the Affordable Care Act that protect patients like you and your family. We will continue to press Alabama legislators to act on important state issues like increasing the minimum wage, protecting borrowers, and investing in housing and transportation.
Arise is moving forward, and we need you with us. If you’ve been intending to become an Arise member, now is the time! Join our movement for a better Alabama today and add your voice to our call for a better Alabama for all.
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