House Democrats call on Gov. Ivey to expand Medicaid

February 8, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama House Democratic Caucus on Wednesday passed a resolution calling for Gov. Kay Ivey to expand the state’s Medicaid program.

“We have seen — and continue to see — the enormous negative impact not expanding Medicaid has already had on our state,” said Rep. Mary Moore, D-Birmingham. “It’s time to stop the bleeding. It’s time to shore up our rural hospitals and rural healthcare providers instead of contributing to the further decimation of these communities and it’s time to strengthen this program which is so vital to so many of our most vulnerable citizens – from young children to seniors.”

Read More

State Medicaid Officials Announce that Doctors Rates Could Drop Back to Pre-Obamacare Levels as Soon As August 1

July 7, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Doctors who take Medicaid patients could see what they are paid by the government to treat Alabama Medicaid patients drop as early as August 1 in a plan outlined by state Medicaid officials on Wednesday.

The controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (popularly referred to as Obamacare) inflated the rates that doctors received for treating poor people under the enormously expensive entitlement program in order to encourage more doctors to take Medicaid patients as Obamacare expanded Medicaid enormously.
Read More

Palmer Applauds CMS Decision

July 9, 2015

 

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, July 7, Congressman Gary Palmer (R-Hoover) announced his agreement with the recently announced decision of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to create a year-long transition period during the implementation of ICD-10, the coding system tied to Medicare and Medicaid.

Representative Palmer said in a statement “I applaud CMS for recognizing that the implementation of ICD-10 without a transition period threatened to disrupt health care for smaller practices and in rural areas. A more gradual transition to this new system will minimize disruptions in health care services for many patients in Alabama and across America. I am pleased that the medical sector and Congress came together to bring concerns about patient care to the forefront, leading to this transition period.”
Read More

House Passes Bill Protecting Doctors, Dentists, and Optometrists Right to Set Pricing

February 13, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, February 13, the Alabama House of Representatives passed legislation preventing licensing boards from requiring that medical professionals; specifically doctors, dentists, and optometrists from being required to accept any sort of insurance in order to be licensed by state of Alabama.  The legislation, House Bill 6 (HB 6) is sponsored by Representative Becky Nordgren (R) from Gadsden.

Rep. Nordgren said that basically what this legislation does is limit licensing to strictly merit based.  It will not be based on whether or not medical professionals take a particular kind of health insurance or not.
Read More

© Copyright 2017 Alabama Political Reporter