Health

A Disproportionate Impact

Fairer state policies toward low-income Alabamians usually depend on adequate state funding. By the same token, budget cuts to health care, child care, education and other human services can have a disproportionate impact on "the least of these."

 ACPP is working to move beyond merely "protecting" under-funded human services from harmful cuts to securing funding that is adequate to cover basic needs.

View our fact sheets and other reports on health care here.

Alabama gets high marks for children's health coverage

Alabama's aggressive efforts to cover uninsured children have garnered national recognition in a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Secrets to Success: An Analysis of Four States at the Forefront of the Nation's Gains in Children's Health Coverage singles out Alabama, Iowa, Massachusetts and Oregon for their innovations in making health insurance available and accessible for children in low-income families. One breakthrough that helped Alabama set new records for enrollment is a streamlined eligibility process called "Express Lane," for which ACPP provided technical assistance.

Are you a health care reform success story?

On September 23, the six-month anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, the new Patients' Bill of Rights protections will take effect, bringing coverage and peace of mind to thousands of Alabama families. If you and your family will benefit from these changes or have already benefited from health care reform, Arise wants to hear from you.

Alabama Medicaid innovation goes nationwide

State governments stand to save billions of dollars in Medicaid prescription drug costs thanks to a new rule based on an Alabama cost-saving innovation. Instead of paying for drugs according to drug company price lists, which are often inflated, Alabama Medicaid got federal permission a few years ago to start reimbursing local pharmacies on the basis of what they actually pay for the medications.

Happy Birthday, ACA!

Health care coverage is better, more accessible and more affordable for thousands of Alabamians thanks to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which marks its first anniversary today. These resources explain how the first year of health care reform affects you, the benefits yet to come, and how the law took shape.

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