State still behind in LGBT protection as lawmakers return to Montgomery, LGBT group says

January 11, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

As lawmakers make their way back to Montgomery for the Legislative Session this year, a branch of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization says Alabama is still far behind in its protections for LGBT people.

The State Equality Index, an annual comprehensive report released by the Human Rights Campaign rating each state’s laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families, recently placed Alabama in the “High Priority to Achieve Basic Equality” category — the lowest category on the scorecard.

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Children, Aged the Center of the Medicaid Debate: What the Numbers Show

August 23, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Today, the 2016 Legislative Special Session will continue its charge to find funding for the 2017 shortfall facing Medicaid. Gov. Robert Bentley proposes using money from the BP oil spill settlement as an immediate fix, for a program in dire need of a long-term solution.

Currently, Alabama provides Medicaid recipients with only the most basic of services, far behind those offered in other states. Medicaid reformers in Alabama are putting their hopes on the Regional Care Organizations (RCO’s), to provide better care while lowering overall cost by adding more preventative care.
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