Senate Health Committee gives favorable report to Right of Conscience Act

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, April 12, 2017, the Senate Health Committee gave a favorable report to House Bill 95 giving health care providers authority to decline to perform services that violate their consciences. The Health Care Rights of Conscience Act was sponsored by State Representative Arnold Mooney (R-Indian Springs).

Rep. Mooney said that most states already have a health care right of conscience act. There are not any lawsuits occurring in relation to this. This bill is very limited and not as broad as statutes in other states. The healthcare provider, that being an individual, can elect to opt out of participating in four specific areas if he or she objects in writing. This has to be on file with the personnel department. This does not apply to abortion clinics. They are exempt. Alabama is one of only three states that do not have some sort of conscience protection. Healthcare providers can opt to not participate in: abortions, human cloning, sterilizations
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Alabama: the final resting place for facts

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

President Obama has been an unmitigated disaster for America.

We don’t know much in Alabama, but we know the above statement is true. Or, I guess I should say, the majority of the voters in this State know that statement to be true.

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Roby says that Central Alabama VA is improving

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, December 12, 2016, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) wrote in an email newsletter to constituents that the long troubled Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) is showing improvement.

Congresswoman Roby wrote, “I’m pleased to report that the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS), once ranked the worst in the nation for delays in patient care, has made marked improvements in quality ratings, according to a USA Today/Montgomery Advertiser report. These improvements were brought to light after sources obtained internal documents detailing secret VA quality ratings.”
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Roby Says that VA Accountability Act Increases Accountability and Protects Whistleblowers

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, September 14, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) expressed her support for HR5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act, which the Congresswoman says will give greater accountability for Veterans Affairs (VA) employees and stronger protections for whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing. The major VA (Veteran Affairs) reform legislation passed the US House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Congresswoman Roby, who co-sponsored the bill, said that the legislation will make a difference in improving care for veterans. After the systems of keeping two sets of books was exposed after a number of veterans in Arizona died while on the secret waiting lists, a subsequent investigation revealed that the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) was one of the worst actors in the entire country.
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Bentley’s “Great Victory” Cause For Worry, Warning, Broken Promises

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Shortly after passage of legislation to raid BP settlement funds to cover Medicaid funding, Governor Robert Bentley, who has largely been absent from the process, praised it as a bipartisan “victory.”

Obviously, the Governor failed to hear the Democrat’s pleading for more Medicaid funding and to expand its availability under the Affordable Care Act.

Alabama Arise State Coordinator, Kimble Forrister, sees a different victory: “Expanding Medicaid would be a victory for Alabama’s economy, budgets and families.” He praised the bill’s passage, but echoed the concerns expressed by both Republican’s and Democrats: “Still, the bottom line is that we got yet another temporary solution. Vulnerable Alabamians’ access to health care shouldn’t be left up to stopgaps or one-time money.”
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Will Legislature Address Medicaid’s 2017 Appropriation During Special Session

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Monday, August 15, the Alabama Legislature will meet in Special Session to consider Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s proposal that the State pass a constitutional amendment, authorizing the Legislature to institute a lottery, to increase funding for the State General Fund (SGF). Gov. Bentley claims that his lottery will generate $225 million a year in new revenues for the SGF, if the voters ratify the amendment.
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Reed: State Must Raise Medicaid Funding $85M or Lose Federal Matching Dollars


By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, July 29, Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed (R-Jasper) said that the State must radically increase funding for the troubled Alabama Medicaid program, or it will lose promised Federal matching dollars to implement the Regional Care Organizations (RCOs).

Sen. Reed said, “The Regional Care Organizations (RCO) reform, set up by legislation I sponsored in 2013, is projected to save the State hundreds of millions of dollars over the coming years. The Federal government has even recommended Alabama’s Medicaid RCO reform to other states as an innovative pilot program.”
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Us or Them?

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

The government has a role in the lives of its citizens, but it should be a government of the people, by the people, for the people, as Abraham Lincoln memorialized at Gettysburg.

Of the many lessons learned from Mike Hubbard’s time as Speaker, the failure of his strict mode of divisive leadership, is the most important one for us to remember. Hubbard embodied and advanced the paranoid politics of “us” against “them,” a foreboding trend growing stronger throughout our nation.
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Lathan Comments on Sanders’ Endorsement of Hillary Clinton

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Tuesday, July 12, former Democrat presidential candidate US Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) endorsed Hillary Clinton for President ending the most divisive primary race for either party since then former California Governor Ronald Reagan challenged President Gerald Ford in the Republican Primary in 1976.

Sen. Sanders said in a statement to supporters, “Today, I endorsed Hillary Clinton to be our next president. I know that some of you will be disappointed with that decision. But I believe that, at this moment, our country, our values, and our common vision for a transformed America, are best served by the defeat of Donald Trump and the election of Hillary Clinton.” “In the weeks since the last primary, both campaigns have worked together in good faith to bridge some of the policy issues that divided us during the election. Did we come to agreement on everything? Of course not. But we made important steps forward.”
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Perdue Approves Merger of Cheaha Mental Health Centers and AltaPointe Health System

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 2, Alabama Department of Mental Health Commissioner Jim Perdue (R) was in Sylacauga for the first of an anticipated eighteen town hall meetings across Alabama about the State of mental health services in Alabama. Commissioner Perdue also had a local issue to deal with in deciding on whether or not to allow the Cheaha Mental Health Centers (which serves Talladega, Coosa, Randolph, and Clay Counties) with the AltaPointe Health System. The opposition to the proposed merger had faded away so Perdue announced that he would sign for the two mental health service providers to merge, a move that was supported by most members of the area’s legislative delegation.
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