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Most Alabamians who would benefit from Medicaid expansion are working
Nearly 185,000 uninsured Alabamians working in a range of important jobs could gain health coverage if Alabama closed its Medicaid coverage gap, according to a new report released by ACPP and Families USA. That number is more than half of the 342,000 low-income Alabamians who could gain access to affordable health coverage through Medicaid expansion, the report finds.
"Too many hard-working Alabamians are caught in the coverage gap," ACPP policy director Jim Carnes said. "These are the people all around us who keep things going. Without coverage, they often struggle to work while health problems sap their productivity, add stress to their households and get worse without timely care. Imagine what a difference regular health care could make for families' lives, for our workforce and for our economy."
Arise Daily News Digest 7-30-2014
AL.COM - Birmingham lawyer starts national TV ad campaign to sign up veterans to sue VA for healthcare delays.
AL.COM - Alabama State University spent $318K suing forensic auditor hired by Gov. Bentley.
AL.COM - US appeals court blocks Mississippi abortion law; ruling on Alabama's version expected this week.
AL.COM - How's FRED doing? Tracking Alabama's economy with five key indicators.
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: God's lawyers come again, demand Alabama PSC to cease and desist.
AL.COM - BP's second quarter profit jumps, but still wary of future expense of oil spill.
AL.COM - Franklin County schools setting up security teams with volunteers; some could be armed.
AL.COM - Here's why Alabama will be hard-pressed to reduce unemployment fraud even further.
AL.COM - Judge says Mercedes-Benz violated rights of Alabama workers to organize union.
AL.COM - Expert: Alabama needs to focus on workforce to raise its economic development prospects.
AL.COM - Top aide for Gov. Robert Bentley, Luther Strange to testify at EPA's hearing on carbon emissions.
AL.COM - 'God bless Jeff Sessions,' Rush Limbaugh says: Today in Alabama politics.
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: Believe in an Alabama where we dare defend the children.
AL.COM - Insurance companies cutting choices significantly in bid to counter Obamacare costs, study finds.
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - PSC to Go to Atlanta to Testify to EPA
ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER - Roby, Rogers and Brooks Say: Maxwell No Place for Immigrant Detainees
SENATE SKETCHES - “Senate Sketches,” Sen. Hank Sanders’ weekly message to his constituents.
WSFA - Columnist Ken Hare In Depth: Not first time Wiggins faces conflict of interest allegations.
AL.COM - Lawmakers say federal government too slow in carrying out RESTORE Act.
AL.COM - Mercedes-Benz builds 2 millionth vehicle at Alabama plant.
AL.COM - Alabama is growing high-tech entrepreneurs, but is high-speed Internet the key to keeping them?
TRUSSVILLE TRIBUNE – Columnist Steve Flowers’ Inside the Statehouse: The story of 3 who vied in the 1962 governor’s race.
DECATUR DAILY - Morgan teen becomes president: Ellow inaugurated at Boys Nation in Virginia.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - Fight against child abuse gets a boost.
(FLORENCE) TIMES DAILY - The Times Daily: As job losses mount, leaders look for answers.
WELD FOR BIRMINGHAM - Poverty and public transportation.
ANNISTON STAR - Report: Alabama didn't share enough Homeland Security money with local governments.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Oh, THAT way of life.
ANNISTON STAR - The Anniston Star: Alabama needs a leader to begin an honest conversation about money.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Wiggins accuses Bentley of SACS violation.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - State employees' insurance could go up again.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Shelby, Roby call for reforms at CAVHCS.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Columnist Josh Moon: Right-wing misinformation lures in immigrant kids.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - The Montgomery Advertiser: CAVHCS policy hid its delays.
DOTHAN EAGLE - The Dothan Eagle: Alabama budgets strain under the yoke of earmarks.
WASHINGTON POST - House Republicans propose plan to deal with border crisis.
WASHINGTON POST - How the history of electricity explains municipal broadband.
WASHINGTON POST - Gender equity revolution no longer stalled.
WASHINGTON POST - Senate moves to patch transportation funding.
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Katrina vanden Heuvel: Building a progressive alternative to ALEC.
WASHINGTON POST - The Washington Post: VA bill shows that Congress can work when it faces a powerful constituency.
NEW YORK TIMES - When the College Admissions Battle Starts at Age 3
NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Mark Bittman: Introducing the National Soda Tax
LOS ANGELES TIMES - Criticism arises after children are rushed to see immigration judges.
The Basics: Alabama's Meager but Vital TANF Program
The cost of living has increased in the last two decades, but federal money for temporary cash aid for very low-income families has not kept up. The federal government in 1997 froze its allocations for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, informally known as welfare. Since then, the number of families receiving benefits has plummeted in Alabama and nationwide, even as needs mounted during the Great Recession. Years of inflation also have eroded the buying power of Alabama's already meager benefits.
Fewer Alabama families are receiving TANF aid, and those benefits don't go nearly as far as they once did. This fact sheet by ACPP policy analyst Carol Gundlach details TANF's origins and structure, examines its eligibility requirements and considers how the program could do a better job of helping low-income Alabamians endure tough times.
The Basics: Child Nutrition Programs in Alabama
Many hungry children miss out on far more than regular meals. Hunger can do serious, long-term harm to a child's health and ability to learn, and childhood hunger is a bigger challenge in Alabama than in most other states. More than one in four of the state's children live in families with incomes below the poverty level, and more than one in five Alabama families with children say they have trouble putting enough food on the table.
Three key child nutrition programs -- the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and the Summer Food Service Program -- have been shown to help improve children's health and ability to learn. This fact sheet by ACPP policy analyst Carol Gundlach examines what these programs mean for hundreds of thousands of Alabama children and considers some ways the programs could serve even more hungry children.
Out of Step: Alabama's Unusual State Tax State system -- 2014 update
Taxes are the tools that Americans use to pay for education, public health, transportation and other elements of the common good. But in Alabama, the tax system is upside down, with low- and middle-income people paying twice the share of their income in state and local taxes that the top 1 percent pay.
This updated fact sheet looks at the different ways that states collect revenues to pay for public services and examines some of the differences that place Alabama's tax system out of line with the way most other states do things.
Special enrollment periods for health coverage
Initial open enrollment for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace has ended, but you still may be able to sign up for a plan. Alabamians who experience certain life events may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period without waiting until the next open enrollment (Nov. 15, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015).
This issue brief looks at the life changes and other opportunities that may allow people to enroll in Marketplace coverage throughout the year.