ACPP news releases

Alabama Medicaid tornado emergency procedures

The Alabama Medicaid Agency has instituted emergency procedures to ensure that recipients in areas of the state affected by recent tornadoes can receive covered medical services and prescriptions. 

 

Medicaid recipients can work with pharmacy providers to obtain an emergency 72-hour supply of covered outpatient prescription drugs.  Pharmacy providers can contact Health Information Designs, the Agency’s prior authorization contractor, for assistance at 1-800-748-0130. 

 

In the event a recipient does not have their Medicaid card or know their Recipient ID (RID) number, the following instructions can be followed to obtain the RID:

 

1)    The provider can call the Alabama Medicaid Automated Voice Response System (AVRS) at 1-800-727-7848.  The AVRS will prompt the provider to choose eligibility, then input the provider number/NPI.  Follow the prompts after that; the AVRS system will ask for the recipient SSN. 

2)    The recipient can call the Alabama Medicaid Recipient Call Center at

1-800-362-1504 and provide his/her name and SSN.

3)    The provider can log onto the secure Alabama Medicaid Web Portal and perform an eligibility search.  Providers needing assistance with the Web Portal can contact the HP Electronic Media Claims Helpdesk at 1-800-456-1242 or 334-215-0111.

Ryan budget plan would dismantle health coverage

The U.S. House is expected to vote this week on a 2012 budget "blueprint" that would dramatically reduce the federal government's role in health coverage and other supports for        low-income, elderly and disabled Americans. The proposal, titled "Path to Prosperity," also would make permanent the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy and reduce the top rate for individual income tax from 35 percent to 25 percent, with no provision for additional revenue.

Read news release here.

Join us for Arise Lobby Day -- Thurs., March 31

9:30 a.m.     Registration (Capitol Auditorium)

10:00 a.m.   Issue Briefing (Capitol Auditorium)

11:00 a.m.   Lobbying (State House, 5th-7th floors)

Noon          News Conference (State House steps)

12:30 p.m.  Membership meeting (Capitol Auditorium)

1:30 p.m.    Adjourn

We can make Alabama better. Please come help us put democracy in action!

Arise statement on proposed General Fund budget cuts

"Wednesday's budget hearings showed us a state moving backward. Our leaders talk of shared sacrifice, but they shut out any consideration of new revenue. The vision they offer of a 'broke' state simply hides the real culprit -- our broken tax system.

"A state budget is a moral document. The cuts we heard agency heads describe -- closing community mental health centers, freezing enrollment in children's health insurance, reducing court days, leaving forests more vulnerable to catastrophic fires, failing to preserve our history -- are immoral and deliberate. If Governor Bentley and the Legislature wanted to set a different course, they could take a balanced approach that blends careful cuts with new revenue. We can't cut our way to a better Alabama."

                                                                          -- Kimble Forrister, State Coordinator

See what's on the chopping block

Arise calls for tax expenditure report in ethics reform

In testimony at a public hearing before the Alabama Legislature, Arise state coordinator Kimble Forrister called for adding a tax expenditure report to the slate of ethics reforms the body is considering in a special session. More than 40 states offer a one-stop list of who receives tax breaks, in what amount, and for what purpose, Forrister told lawmakers. "Like a state spending report, a tax expenditure report reveals our state's priorities -- and who stands to benefit."

Read Kimble's testimony here.

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