Medicaid is the foundation of Alabama’s health care system, and lawmakers should protect it

ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, after the Alabama Senate passed a General Fund budget that could force deep cuts to Medicaid:

“Medicaid is the foundation of Alabama’s entire health care system, and it’s essential to protect it. Our state has gotten federal approval for promising new Medicaid reforms to save money and keep Alabamians healthier. Now we need to invest in these reforms to make them work.

“Medicaid insures many of the most vulnerable Alabamians: children, seniors, and people with disabilities. As the budget debate goes forward, we hope lawmakers will be careful not to send patients a message that their basic health care could be at risk. Considering how important Medicaid is to the health of our neighbors and our economy, we need to approach this debate with the urgency and gravity it deserves.”

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