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Tag: MEDICAID EXPANSION

State Sen. Chris Elliott Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott still 'adamantly opposed' on Medicaid expansion — 'They tried to sneak it in with the gambling legislation'

There have recently been rumblings that Gov. Kay Ivey is considering expanding Alabama's Medicaid eligibility. This would mean a difficult choice for the Alabama Legislature: oppose the Governor with the possibility of political consequences or put the state's stable general fund budget in peril.

Hospital Alabama News
Report: Medicaid expansion would increase program’s revenue shortfall for Alabama hospitals

Expanding Medicaid in Alabama would double hospitals' Medicaid revenue shortfalls, the equivalent of about 5,160 hospital jobs.

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'Insurance companies are playing way too many games' — Alabama hospitals struggling to be paid for their services

In addition to a shortage of health care providers, Alabama’s hospitals are struggling on the business side due to the convoluted structure of insurance.

Medicaid Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Medicaid expansion risks still outweigh the ‘rewards’

Medicaid expansion was notably absent in the 2023 session. But proponents are back with the same tired arguments, likely already eyeing another push in 2024, if not before.

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Justin Bogie: Can Alabama really afford Medicaid expansion?

Those on both sides of the Medicaid expansion debate want Alabamians to have access to high quality and affordable healthcare. Where they differ is whether the government or the free market is best suited to provide it.

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Is Alabama about to expand Medicaid?

Some groups have their sights set on Alabama to pass Medicaid expansion in the near future.

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Robin Stone: New Alliance of Alabama Healthcare Consumers group 'doesn’t have a position' on Medicaid expansion

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

Orr Alabama News
State Sen. Orr says BCA, other business community players now behind Medicaid expansion push

Medicaid expansion proponents have a new ally in their effort, according to State Sen. Arthur Orr (R-Decatur).

Medicaid Alabama News
House General Fund Budget chair Rex Reynolds: No 'broad expansion' of Medicaid — but 'there are pockets we need to look at'

Despite rumblings suggesting otherwise, incoming House General Fund Budget chairman State Rep. Rex Reynolds (R-Huntsville), who was named to the post last week, said he did not see a "broad expansion" of Medicaid in the near future.

Medicaid Alabama News
Justin Bogie: Consequences of Medicaid expansion go beyond dollars and cents

On its face, it is understandable why Medicaid expansion is tempting for some lawmakers. The federal government currently pays a 90% match rate for states that elect to expand coverage.

Medicaid Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott warns of renewed Medicaid expansion push — 'When we make it easier for people not to go to work, guess what they do? They don't go to work'

Although it is not clear who among legislative Republicans would take up the cause of Medicaid expansion, State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine) says it does not mean there won't be an attempt in the new quadrennium that begins next year.

Ledbetter Alabama News
House Majority Ldr Ledbetter: Medicaid expansion, escalating cost 'scares me'

Health care continues to be a concern for state policymakers as the 2023 legislative session approaches.

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Bentley rips lawmakers for Medicaid expansion opposition, dismisses proration threat

Former Gov. Robert Bentley was a one-time Medicaid expansion opponent. However, since leaving office in 2017, Bentley has changed his stance.

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Medicaid expansion unlikely, say Chambliss, Elliott – 'Absolutely not happening on my watch'

Two members of the Alabama Senate are very bearish on the prospects of any effort gaining legislative approval.

Medicaid Alabama News
Fmr State Sen. Pittman warns Medicaid expansion will force state into proration

There is a real possibility later in the year and into early 2023 that Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Legislature could move to expand Medicaid eligibility in Alabama, which would come at a considerable cost to state budgets.

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Justin Bogie: In the aftermath of Roe, Alabama should not rush to fully expand Medicaid

The reality that so many pro Medicaid expansion advocates seem to ignore is that Alabama already expanded Medicaid coverage for new mothers and their children, before the Roe decision.

Elliott Alabama News
State Sen. Elliott discourages potential Ivey pursuit of Medicaid expansion

During an appearance on Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5's "The Jeff Poor Show," State Sen. Chris Elliott (R-Josephine) downplayed the possibility of the legislature going along with Medicaid expansion plans and urged Ivey to pursue "bold initiatives."

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Hank Sanders seeks to return to State Senate

Longtime State Senator Henry “Hank” Sanders (D-Selma) qualified with the Alabama Democratic Party for the State Senate on Tuesday....