ACPP news releases

The recession's toll: more Alabamians in poverty, uninsured in 2008-09

The recession has left more Alabamians in poverty and without health insurance coverage, new U.S. Census Bureau data released Sept. 16 suggest. But those nembers would have been larger without federal recovery spending and increased Medicaid enrollment, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said.

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Most Alabama small businesses eligible for health reform tax credit this year

More than 87 percent of Alabama's small businesses will qualify this year for premium tax credits under the federal health care reform act, according to a report released today. A Helping Hand for Small Businesses analyzes the state-by-state impact of the tax credits and other small business provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), enacted in March.

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New high-risk health insurance pool opens July 1

An important reform of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect July 1 when Alabamians who have been without health coverage for at least six months and who have been denied coverage because of pre-existing health conditions will gain access to affordable, quality coverage. They will receive it through a new Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

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Arise statement on Senate's failure to pass jobs bill

On Thursday, June 24, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a jobs bill that would have provided $16 billion to help state budgets -- including Alabama's -- weather the lingering effects of the recession. In response to this inaction, Arise Citizens' Policy Project executive director Kimble Forrister issued this statement.

Alabama health care programs face cuts if Congress fails to extend aid

Deep cuts could be ahead for Medicaid, public health and other services in Alabama if Congress does not provide almost $200 million that state lawmakers were counting on for the 2011 General Fund budget. Those cuts would hurt working Alabamians and put a drag on the state's economy at the worst possible time, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said.

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