ACPP news releases

More than 550,000 Alabamians uninsured, new Census data show

Years of economic growth have not significantly reduced the percentage of Alabamians living without health insurance, according to new U.S. Census Bureau figures released Sept. 10. The state's median household income and poverty rate also were little different in 2007-08 than they were when the decade began.

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Remember Alabama's jobless on Labor Day

Alabama lawmakers should remember the struggles facing the state's rising numbers of unemployed workers on this Labor Day weekend, ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister said Friday.

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Poll:Strong support for grocery tax repeal

Almost two-thirds of Alabamians support a plan to end the state sales tax on groceries and increase income taxes for people with six-figure incomes, according to a recent poll by the Capital Survey Research Center.

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Economic independence hard to achieve for many Alabama families

The annual income required for Alabama families to meet basic needs without public or private assistance in 2007 was well above the federal poverty threshold, according to a recent update to The Self-Sufficiency Standard for Alabama, a report prepared for Arise Citizens' Policy Project.

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Alabama fails to protect individual health insurance consumers

Insurance companies can deny health coverage to Alabamians with pre-existing conditions, refuse to pay for services needed to treat common ailments, and yank policies and deny payments when a consumer faces a rash of medical bills, Kimble Forrister of Arise Citizens' Policy Project (ACPP) said today. A new report shows that Alabama has no authority to protect consumers from such abuses.

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