Gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson calls for Medicaid work requirement

January 12, 2018

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, January 11, 2018, the Donald Trump Administration granted waivers to ten states (Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin) from the federal government to implement work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients.  Medicaid is an enormously expensive entitlement that costs both the states and the federal government billions of dollars.  Republican Gubernatorial candidate Scott Dawson asked:  “Why isn’t Alabama on this list?”

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Bentley leads team to Washington to lobby for new Healthcare law

March 21, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, March 20, 2017, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) was joined by Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon (R-Monrovia), State Senator Trip Pittman (R-Montrose), Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper), State Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie Azar, and key aides in Washington DC. The team is in Washington hoping to influence the effort to repeal and replace the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, better known as Obamacare.
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Has Bentley’s Political Intrigue with PCI Doomed Special Session?

August 24, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Concerns that Gov. Robert Bentley is planning to negotiate a State-Tribal Compact with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians (PCI), reached a boiling point in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, with the Governor’s bill taking a fatal blow. Several Black Caucus members are weary of Bentley’s tactics and several lawmakers in the Senate are expressing the same concerns as Sen. Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro), who questions the real ramifications of Bentley’s lottery.
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Close Alabama’s Coverage Gap to Save Money and Lives

August 9, 2016

By Jim Carnes

Imagine you’re uninsured and thinking about buying health insurance. If good coverage is available, you’d want to know if you could afford the premiums and out-of-pocket costs. But those aren’t the only factors that determine affordability. You’d also need to subtract the cost of going without insurance: the doctor visits and prescriptions you’re paying for in full, or the untreated health problems you’re hoping will just go away.
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This is a Rare Political Win-Win for Governor Bentley

April 12, 2016

By Representative Darrio Melton

With all the chaos coming out of the Governor’s Mansion in the past month, it’s been easy to overlook the chaos coming out of the State House.  While the Governor has been tied up in a scandal, the Legislature has continued to meet and vote on legislation, which has all subsequently made it to the Governor’s desk.

One such piece of legislation is the General Fund budget.  For the past few years, we’ve argued over whether we need more cuts or more funding, and the truthful answer is that we need a little bit of both.  The Legislature doesn’t have an appetite for new taxes, so the General Fund budget that made it to Bentley’s desk underfunded Medicaid by around $85 million.
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Committee Passes Resolutions Opposing Gambling and Medicaid Expansion

March 2, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Saturday, February 27, the Alabama Republican Party State Executive Committee met for their annual winter meeting. The Committee passed several resolutions.

Resolution No 2016-04 urges Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) and members of the legislature, to oppose the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and states that the Alabama Republican Party is fully committed to repealing Obamacare.

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API Says $710 Million Estimate is Likely Low

December 3, 2015

On Wednesday, December 2 the ‘Alabama Political Reporter’ reported that the Alabama Policy Institute (API) had warned state decision makers that expanding the expensive Alabama Medicaid program would cost tax payers another $710 million over six years. That is in addition to the $1.9 billion a year that the state already spends each year paying for its federally mandated share of the state’s Medicaid program.

The article brought up the question of where exactly API got those numbers.
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Expanding Medicaid Would Cost Taxpayers $710 Million, According to Think Tank

December 2, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

It took months of vigorous debate, the 2015 Regular Session, and two Special Sessions to final resolve the budget crisis in the State’s General Fund (SGF).  Virtually of that $200 million shortfall can be blamed on out of control costs with the State’s long troubled Medicaid program.  Now Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s (R) handpicked Health Care Improvement Task Force has unanimously recommended that the state expand the troubled Medicaid system to make it responsible for over 200,000 more people.
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Democrats Hope to Make Case for Medicaid Expansion

July 22, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama’s Democratic Party has taken a beating during the presidency of Barack H. Obama.  In 2008 when the controversial Senator from Illinois was first elected, Alabama Democrats won: three of Alabama’s Seven Congressional Districts, President of the Alabama Public Service Commission, and Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court.  Democrats controlled both Houses of the Alabama state legislature, the Lieutenant Governorship, and the Commissioner of Alabama Agriculture and Industries.  These last four years have seen crushing defeat after crushing defeat as Republicans have turned elections since 2010 into referendums on President Obama and his signature legislation, Obamacare.
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