ACPP news releases

Recession leaves more Alabamians uninsured, in poverty, Census data show

The Great Recession has left more Alabamians in poverty and without health insurance coverage, new Census Bureau data released today suggest. But those already-high numbers could climb even higher in coming years if Alabama does not provide adequate funding for Medicaid, education and other programs that help low-income people improve their lives, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said.

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Only the beginning

Thousands of families across Alabama and neighboring states are hurting in the wake of the April 27 storms. Their lives -- and the cities, towns and countryside they call home -- will bear the scars of this deadly event for decades.

As survivors go about the heavy task of burying loved ones, taking stock and adjusting to a new reality, we're reminded that, in one sense, natural disasters are no respecters of persons. The more than 200 Alabamians who died include people of all ages, from all sectors of society. The dwellings destroyed range from substandard apartments to luxury vacation homes. Lost businesses likewise span the economic and social spectrum. Thousands of people from different backgrounds share these losses with equal shock and grief.

And yet, the lasting damage will not be equal. Though no lost life can be restored or replaced, some lost homes can, and some lost livelihoods, and some lost daily routines. Others cannot. For many survivors who lack the safety net of insurance or employment, who live from paycheck to paycheck, who face the daily challenges of old age or disability, the storms of April may never go away.

In the days ahead, it will be our collective responsibility, through public and private efforts, to address emergency needs for health care, food, clothing and shelter. We must also uphold a broader responsibility, looking beyond immediate need to long-term policy decisions that protect the most vulnerable Alabamians and give them a hand up as they attempt to rebuild their lives.

Medicaid seeks to ease disruption of services

Alabama Medicaid has implemented emergency procedures to ensure access to covered services for recipients affected by the storms.

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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.

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