ACPP news releases
More than 200 organizations across Alabama have signed an open letter urging lawmakers to approve $300 million in new General Fund tax revenue to prevent devastating cuts to health care, public safety and other vital services.
Alabama Arise, Alabama Children First and AARP Alabama are among the hundreds of groups to join the Stand Tall Alabama initiative. Other letter signees include many churches, community groups, hospitals, health advocates and statewide organizations across Alabama.
“We’re excited to hear so many voices speak up for new tax revenue to keep Alabama strong,” Arise’s Kimble Forrister said. “The decisions made during this special session will affect our economy and quality of life for years to come. It’s crucial for our leaders to choose a path forward that strengthens our state and ensures all Alabamians have an opportunity to get ahead.”
ACPP policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, in response to the Alabama House’s passage of a General Fund budget that would slash state Medicaid funding by 23 percent:
“A budget is more than a balance sheet. It’s a statement of our values. And the Alabama House’s decision today to gut Medicaid sent a stark message to a million Alabamians: Your health coverage doesn’t matter.
“The House voted to balance the General Fund budget on the backs of the most vulnerable Alabamians: children, seniors, and people with disabilities. The plan would set our state’s health system and economy on a dangerous course. Dozens of hospitals could be forced to shut their doors, and every Alabama community would see its quality of life decline.
“This isn’t a game. People’s health and livelihoods are at stake. We urge the Senate and Governor Bentley to block this reckless maneuver. It’s time to restore good sense to the budget process and make Alabama stronger.”
ACPP policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Friday, July 10, 2015, in response to Gov. Robert Bentley’s call for a special session on the General Fund budget:
“Alabama is at a crossroads. The path we choose now could define our state for a generation. As lawmakers consider the General Fund budget in the coming weeks, we urge them to choose a path that will make Alabama stronger.
“Alabamians need a budget that protects children, seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors. Important services like Medicaid, mental health care and public safety make Alabama a better place to live and work. But these services have been cut to the bone in recent years, and even deeper cuts are not the way to repair the damage. It’s time to stop the cuts and invest in a stronger Alabama.”
ACPP policy director Jim Carnes issued the following statement Thursday, June 25, 2015, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Affordable Care Act tax credits in Alabama and other states:
“The Supreme Court’s decision is a huge victory for millions of Americans, including more than 170,000 Alabamians who have gained health coverage through the federal Marketplace. This ruling protects tax credits that make coverage more affordable for 132,000 Alabamians, and it protects all Americans from the soaring insurance costs that would have resulted from a decision the other way.
“With today’s ruling, health coverage for thousands of Alabama families is safe and sound. Now it’s time for Alabama to take the next step and close the Medicaid coverage gap for thousands more. Health reform is the law of the land, and our leaders should work to make sure it succeeds in providing access to affordable coverage for all Alabamians.”
ACPP executive director Kimble Forrister issued the following statement Thursday, June 4, 2015, in response to the Alabama Legislature’s passage of a General Fund budget that slashes vital services like Medicaid, mental health care and public safety:
“This shortsighted General Fund budget would weaken Alabama’s economy and our future. Services like Medicaid, mental health care and public safety boost our quality of life and provide the backbone for economic growth. But Alabama has cut these services to the bone in recent years, and this budget would make the situation even worse. Children, seniors and our most vulnerable neighbors would suffer as a result.
“Alabama simply can’t afford these damaging cuts. It’s time to stop cutting the services that make our state a better, healthier place to live and to start investing in Alabama’s future.”