A Christmas of light, hope and acceptance

December 25, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

For Christians around the world, Christmas is a special day set aside to remember, honor and celebrate the birth of the Christ Child Jesus. It is also the season when we remember children, friends, family and neighbors. It is a time of giving when at least, for a moment, we wish peace on Earth and goodwill to all.

And here in Alabama as around the country we are all perhaps a little better because many not born here join us in the Christmas celebration even though they are Hindu, Buddhist or other faiths. They embrace Christmas not because they love Christ but because they want to be good Americans. It’s sad that some have let fear overtake our nation’s history of embracing immigrants. It seems, at times, that open arms have become clenched fists.

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First 7,000 Alabama children will lose health coverage beginning New Year’s Day

December 21, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Thousands of children could lose their health insurance beginning New Year’s Day, and tens of thousands more are set to lose their coverage Feb. 1 if Congress doesn’t approve funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Up to 7,000 children enrolled in ALL Kids — one part of Alabama’s CHIP program — will be kicked off their plans come January, according to a Kaiser Health News report. The 7,000 children are among those who would typically renew their annual coverage in January.

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More money, bigger salaries under new legislation for OIT

February 23, 2017

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

Legislation to create a standalone agency under the auspices of the Office of Information Technology (OIT) is being aggressively pushed by Gov. Robert Bentley, even though OIT has repeatedly shown itself incompetent in its management of the STARRS accounting system, eStart time and attendance software, CARES system that facilitates Medicaid, CHiPs services for the State’s children, disabled and poor. There are other mismanagement issues but these are big ones.
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CARES: Ripe for Fraud and Identity Theft

September 13, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Due to gross mismanagement of the CARES system, not only are Alabama’s most needy citizens in danger of identity theft, but the system’s many failures also open a gaping door to unchecked, fraudulent claims for CHIPs and Medicaid.

After publication of APR’s article, “CARES: A Massive Technology Failure Costing Taxpayers Tens of Millions,” the Alabama Political Reporter received numerous emails revealing the system’s vulnerabilities.
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