Cigarette tax for Medicaid: A win-win to improve health and fill Alabama's revenue gap
The future of Alabama Medicaid is on the line as lawmakers consider a threadbare 2017 General Fund budget. Without significant new revenue, Medicaid would not only lose the promising regional care organizations (RCOs) set to launch in October but also would cut vital services and doctor payments. Those cuts could place the Medicaid program itself – and Alabama’s entire health care system – at risk. (Click here for a PDF version of this overview.)
The Alabama Health Care Improvement Task Force has proposed a solution that would:
A 75-cent cigarette tax increase would be a win-win for Alabama because it would:
BOTTOM LINE: Now is the time to raise the cigarette tax by 75 cents a pack to save Medicaid, save health care dollars and save lives in Alabama.
Posted March 7, 2016.