State Government

Arise legislative update: Medicaid reform bill passes Legislature, heads to governor

A bill to provide Medicaid services in Alabama through a network of regional care organizations (RCOs) sailed through the House on Tuesday and will go to Gov. Robert Bentley. Alabama Arise and the Disabilities Leadership Coalition of Alabama will recommend representatives to the governing board and citizens' advisory committee of each RCO under the measure. This legislative update highlights how the bill could cut Medicaid costs and improve patient outcomes.

Read ACPP health policy analyst M.J. Ellington's legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Accountability Act change headed to Alabama Senate; permanent court fee increases going to governor

Schools would not be forced to accept transfer students from "failing schools" if a proposed change to the Alabama Accountability Act becomes law. A Senate committee approved the bill Tuesday but declined to make broader changes to the law that will subsidize private school tuition for some K-12 students. Meanwhile, the House voted Tuesday to send to Gov. Robert Bentley a bill to make last year's court fee increases permanent. This legislative update highlights lawmakers' action on both issues.

Read ACPP policy analyst Chris Sanders' legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Payday loan reform bill dead after Alabama Senate inaction

The Alabama Senate met for nearly 12 hours Tuesday, but it did not find the time to consider a payday lending reform bill. With so little time left in the session, the Senate's inaction effectively killed predatory lending reform efforts for the year. This legislative update highlights what happened this year to bills to rein in payday and auto title loans and examines the proposals' future prospects.

Read ACPP policy analyst Stephen Stetson's legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Medicaid reform bill wins strong support in Alabama Senate; House vote could come next week

The Alabama Senate voted 27-3 Thursday for a bill that would deliver Medicaid services through a series of regional care organizations (RCOs). Alabama Arise would play a role in recommending consumer representatives for RCO boards under the bill, which could win House approval as soon as next week. This legislative update highlights what the bill would mean for the future of Medicaid in Alabama.

Read ACPP health policy analyst M.J. Ellington's legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Alabama Senate hurriedly passes TANF drug testing bill; Democrats cry foul on vote

The Alabama Senate on Wednesday quickly passed a bill to require drug tests for TANF applicants convicted of drug use or distribution within the last five years. The hurried vote came just as the Senate was returning from lunch and used the roll call vote on another matter to pass the TANF drug test bill. This legislative update highlights the bill's provisions and the controversy over its passage.

Read ACPP health policy analyst M.J. Ellington's legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Alabama Senate panel cuts teacher raise, slashes estimate for school tax credits despite plan to expand them

Alabama's K-12 teachers would see their proposed pay raise halved next year under an education budget that cleared the Senate's education budget committee Wednesday. The budget also would reduce the cost estimate of the Alabama Accountability Act, even though a separate bill would expand some tax credits under the act. This legislative update highlights the education budget's provisions and the proposed changes to the Accountability Act.

Read ACPP policy analyst Chris Sanders' legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Alabama House restores some prison money to General Fund budget

The Alabama House voted 75-27 Tuesday night for a General Fund budget that would provide state prisons with more money than they would have received under a House committee's plan. The $1.7 billion budget is expected to go to a conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. This legislative update highlights what the budget would mean for Medicaid, mental health, courts and other public services.

Read ACPP policy analyst Chris Sanders' legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Alabama House passes Medicaid reform legislation that gives consumers voice at all levels

A Medicaid delivery reform bill that closely follows the recommendations of Gov. Robert Bentley's Medicaid reform commission passed the Alabama House 78-20 Tuesday night. The bill would create up to eight regional care organizations (RCOs) to provide Medicaid services and would allow Arise to recommend consumer members of the RCO boards. This legislative update highlights the bill's provisions.

Read ACPP health policy analyst M.J. Ellington's legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Weakened payday loan reform bill moves to Alabama Senate

A compromise bill on payday lending was watered down even further by an Alabama Senate committee Tuesday. The panel approved the bill, but not before members diluted consumer protections and raised the proposed interest rate cap on payday loans. This legislative update highlights the bill's new provisions and its prospects during this year's regular session.

Read ACPP policy analyst Stephen Stetson's legislative update here.

Arise legislative update: Historic preservation credits clear Alabama Senate committee; House panel OKs bonds to secure K-12 schools

A plan to create state tax credits for preserving historic buildings in Alabama took another step toward becoming law when it won Senate committee approval Wednesday. Also that day, a House committee signed off on a bond issue that would pay for safety renovations at K-12 schools. This legislative update highlights those bills' provisions.

Read ACPP policy analyst Chris Sanders' legislative update here.

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