Alabama Health Plans deny treatment for high cholesterol

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Institute for Patient Access released a new Health Plan Coverage Report Card claiming that Alabama insurers deny patients coverage for advanced cholesterol-lowering drugs known as PCSK9 inhibitors 53 percent of the time. The report card reveals that health plans reject more than one out of every two claims submitted for coverage of prescribed PCSK9 inhibitors. The data, collected from August 2015 to July 2016 by a national data supplier, reflects PCSK9 inhibitor claims for Alabama managed care organizations, including commercial plans, Medicare and managed Medicaid.
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Emily Armistead killed in accident on Thursday

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 23, 2017 Emily Armistead, the wife of former Alabama Republican Party Chairman Bill Armistead was killed when she was struck on Highway 43 in Linden Thursday morning. Mrs. Armistead was killed crossing the highway while walking to Linden United Methodist Church to attend the funeral of Paul Owensby.

Former Chairman Armistead said in a statement: “It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I lost the love of my life today in a tragic automobile accident. Emily and I would have been married 49 years on April 6th and I thank God for giving me the woman that He created to be my wife for these wonderful years. And, there could not have been a better wife, mother and grandmother in all the world. Now, Emily is with Jesus for all of eternity where I look forward to joining her at God’s chosen time. Thanks to my many friends who have heard the news today and I am sorry I haven’t been able to respond to all. I felt this was the best way to get the word out to as many as possible. We covet your prayers.”
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Wanted: Skilled workers to ensure Alabama’s success

By Rosemary Elebash and Jeff Lynn

Ask business people to rank their top problems, and you find a consistent pattern. Taxes and regulations usually battle each other for the top spot. Finding qualified workers consistently ranks No. 3.

These results — from monthly surveys of members of the National Federation of Independent Business — illustrate a critical problem in our country and a major roadblock to economic growth.

To put it simply: We have plenty of people who need jobs. We have plenty of businesses that have jobs to fill. But the available people and the available jobs don’t always line up. Too many prospective employees lack the necessary skills for jobs that are in demand.
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Brooks to vote against Healthcare plan

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 23, 2017, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the House plan to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. No Democrats are expected to vote for the American Health Care Act, so keeping as many Republican votes as possible is essential to passage.

US Representative Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) announced on Wednesday, “I will vote against the House GOP healthcare/welfare plan this week because it does not deliver on the promise I made to Alabamians to deliver a clean repeal of Obamacare. Instead, this legislation creates a huge new welfare program. Over the long haul that’s going to result in either higher premiums, higher taxes, or greater deficit and debt that’s going to burden our economy for decades to come.”
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Montgomery County Democratic Conference announces new leadership

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 23, 2017, Emerging from trusteeship, the Montgomery County Democratic Conference (MCDC) elected a new slate of officers and executive committee members on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

The group elected Janet May as its Chairperson. Joe M. Reed was chosen as Vice Chairperson.

Other officers elected include: Mary E. Williams, Recording Secretary; Sheena Gamble, Assistant Secretary; Lillian Jefferson, Treasurer; Kenyatte Hassell, Coordinator; Tamika Miller, Vice Chair Women’s Affairs; Robert Thompson, Vice Chair for Youth Affairs and Maggie J. Stringer, Vice Chair for Senior Affairs.
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Secretary of State’s office wins award for mock election

By Staff Report

Wednesday, March 21, 2017, The Alabama Secretary of State’s Office is delighted to announce that we were honored with The National Association of State Boards of Education Award for Outstanding Leadership in Voter Education from The National Student/Parent Mock Election. The award is given to states across the US who have organized a student mock election in order to educate today’s youth on the importance of voting and citizen involvement in government.
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Auburn BOT names Steven Leath Auburn’s 19th President

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, March 20, 2017, the Auburn University Board of Trustees unanimously selected Iowa State University President Steven Leath after a six-month national search. The University announced that Leath starts on July 15, and replaces Jay Gogue, who announced his retirement in September.

Trustee Raymond Harbert said, “This is a great day for Auburn. Dr. Leath is a strategic leader who will work alongside the campus community and alumni to elevate Auburn to the next level in instruction, research and outreach.”
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Bentley Senate Special Election case reset for April 12

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, March 19, 2017, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley will have to explain why he delayed the Special Election for US Senator until 2018, in a hearing set for April 12.

State Auditor Jim Zeigler (R) said, “Under the illegal delay by Gov. Bentley, his anointed US Senator gets a free ride for almost two years before an elected Senator can take office. Bentley and Strange think they have gotten away with this illegal election. They have not gotten away with it yet, and the people of Alabama will remember this come election time.”
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Palmer votes against American Health Care Act

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 16, 2017, US Representative Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) was one of three Republicans on the House Budget Committee to vote against the American Health Care Act.

Congressman Gary Palmer issued the following statement: “We have one opportunity to answer the healthcare crisis the American people are facing. In my opinion, the current bill does not answer this crisis. I voted against the American Health Care Act in the Budget Committee because the promises of changes in the future are insufficient. Now that the bill has been reported out of committee, I will continue to work for the changes that are necessary to ensure Medicaid is a viable and affordable program to provide healthcare to the people who need it most. In that regard, I believe block granting Medicaid to the states and requiring work for able-bodied working age adults are essential to achieving this objective. I look forward to working with my colleagues to make these and other improvements to this bill.”
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Steve Marshall addresses St. Clair County Republican Party

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, March 16, 2017, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) spoke to the St. Clair County Republican Party in Moody.

Marshall is the newly appointed Attorney General, whom Governor Robert Bentley (R) appointed to the post after appointing AG Luther Strange (R) to the United States Senate creating the vacancy.

St. Clair County District Attorney Richard Minor (R) said that Steve Marshall is one of my best friends. “Of all the prosecutors in the state of Alabama Gov. Bentley chose the best prosecutor in the State of Alabama,” to be Attorney General.
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