ACPP news releases

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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Reform helps nearly 1 million Alabamians with pre-existing conditions

Nearly 1 million Alabamians under age 65 who have pre-existing health conditions will gain access to health care coverage under the newly enacted health care reform law, according to a report released today by the consumer health organization Families USA. These Alabamians -- more than one in four of the state's non-elderly population -- are among the 57.2 million people nationwide who could have faced discriminatory health coverage practices before the law passed.

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Alabama's state income tax for poverty-line families still nation's highest

Alabama families of four in 2009 owed the country's highest state income tax on poverty-line earnings, according to an annual report released today by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), a nonprofit research group in Washington, D.C. Alabama families also began to owe state income tax at the second lowest income level in the nation, the CBPP found.

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