Guidelines for health care reform

Most Americans support health care reform if it makes quality health care more affordable and accessible. We invite you to join your voice with a new coalition of Alabama non-profit groups to ask our members of Congress to support a 3-part vision.

Read guidelines here.

Policy Choices 2009: Hospital financial assistance disclosure

Many, if not all, Alabama hospitals have traditionally offered financial planning and assistance to their patients. Admitting personnel usually notify "self-pay" patients (those whose payments will not be covered by insurance) and their families about this service upon admission to the hospital or during registration for emergency or outpatient services. However, if uninsured people need hospital admission or outpatient services and are unaware of this help, they may be reluctant to seek care, fearing their budgets cannot bear the hospital charges.

Two bills this year would partially address this problem.

Do You Have a Health Care Story to Tell?

ACPP is collecting stories about how having or not having access to health care is affecting Alabama individuals and families. If you have a story you're willing to share with us, please fill out this form and send it in.

Get story form here.

How Healthy Is Alabama's Health Care System?

ACPP is holding listening sessions around the state to find out.

Read listening session flyer here.

State Should Expand "Good Samaritan" Coverage

Current Alabama law extends "Good Samaritan" malpractice protections to practicing physicians but not to fully licensed physicians who have retired or are not currently practicing. This loophole is preventing many such physicians from volunteering their services at free clinics around the state.

This fact sheet outlines proposed legislation that would close the loophole.


Money Follows the Person

Current Medicaid policies leave most low-income elderly Alabamians and low-income people with disabilities no choice in subsidized long-term care. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1999 (Olmstead v. L.C.) that the Americans with Disabilities Act may require states to provide community-based alternatives to institutionalized care for people with disabilities. More recently, the federal government has encouraged states to reduce the "institutional bias" of Medicaid long-term care by allowing Medicaid dollars to "follow the person" into home- and community-based care settings. Home- and community-based carehelps keep families together and gives recipients more control over their daily lives -- from household routines to activities in the community, such as recreation, shopping, school or work.

 This fact sheet  This fact sheet outlines proposed 2007 legislation to reform Alabama Medicaid's long-term care policy.

Will Alabama Pull the Plug on Medicaid?

Medicaid is a vital part of our state's health system and overall economy. For the current budget year, the projected Medicaid shortfall is $60 million in state money. The loss of $160 million more in federal matching funds brings the total 2004 funding gap to $220 million. Medicaid has been unable to pay providers on time since early December. To address this crisis, the administration proposes a combination of Medicaid cuts and revenue band-aids.

This fact sheet This fact sheet outlines the critical concerns facing the 2004 Alabama Medicaid budget.

Bare Bones: The Alabama Medicaid Program

Medicaid is a joint federal/state program that pays for medical care for people with low income and limited resources. Nearly a million Alabamians were enrolled in Medicaid for at least one month of the past year. The program's annual budget of around $4 billion benefits the whole state. Many of the doctors' offices, pharmacies, hospitals, high-tech treatment facilities and nursing homes that Alabamians rely on every day depend on Medicaid funding to survive.

This fact sheet This fact sheet gives an overview of Medicaid services, recipients and funding.

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