The Alliance of Alabama Healthcare Consumers "does not have a position on Medicaid expansion," according to Robin Stone, the group's new executive director.

The Alliance, formed in 2022, represents public and private organizations that collectively provide health care benefits to over 3,000,000 employees and family members throughout every corner of Alabama. 

The group announced Stone as their new executive director last week. Stone most recently served as the interim executive director of the Business Council of Alabama and vice president of governmental affairs for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama.

The Alliance of Alabama Healthcare Consumers lists Alabama Power, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, Business Council of Alabama, Poarch Creek Indians, and Regions as some of its members.

"The objective of the Alliance is to actively and constructively engage in policy and legislative discussions on issues that specifically impact the ability of employers to provide and sustain affordable healthcare benefits to their workforce and families," said Taylor Williams, speaking for the Alliance Board in a news release last week. "We will work proactively to communicate with legislators and policymakers to ensure that they are informed about the impact of their decisions on all types of employers, both large and small."

The Alliance is a 501(c)4 business coalition "fighting for the interests of healthcare consumers across Alabama," according to the group's website.

"The Alliance of Alabama Healthcare Consumers does not have a position on Medicaid expansion," Stone told 1819 News in an email. "Our objective is to work with the diverse segments of the healthcare delivery system and advocate on issues from the employer's perspective, as appropriate. The Alliance will focus on issues that impact the cost, quality, accessibility, and sustainability of the healthcare benefits that employers are providing to their employees and families across the state."

State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) told Huntsville radio WVNN host Dale Jackson recently that the Business Council of Alabama, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama, and "all these big kind of business organizations" had begun to push for expanding Medicaid.

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