UAB establishes program to assist pregnant women addicted to opioids

November 3, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

As conversations continue about how to handle the deadly opioid crisis in America, the University of Alabama at Birmingham has established a program to assist women who are pregnant and addicted to opioids and other substance abuse disorders.

The program will offer patients routine prenatal care, treatment programs including opioid replacement therapy, help to navigating Medicaid, food and nutritional services, and other childcare and prenatal services.

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Jones hits Moore for non-support of program that provides 80,000 kids with health coverage

November 2, 2017

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones is hitting Republican Roy Moore for refusing to answer questions on his non-support for the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

“Sadly, Roy Moore’s refusal to support the CHIP heath care program, which provides health insurance coverage to more than 150,000 Alabama children, further demonstrates that he simply does not care about the people of this state,” Jones said. “He wants the government out of the health care business, which means endangering Medicare for our seniors. Now, he wants to hurt children too.”

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2018 Legislative Session just 92 days away

October 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Halloween is not here yet, and most people are just beginning their Christmas shopping list. That said, it is time to begin preparing for the 2018 Legislative Session. The 2018 Regular Session of the Alabama Legislature begins early this year so that the members can go out and campaign ahead of the June 5, 2018 major party primaries.

This Session begins on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, and must end no later than Monday, April 23, 2018 at midnight. If both Houses pass both the Education (ETF) and State General Fund budgets, they can leave earlier than that.

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US Health and Human Services finds Alabama Medicaid put patient data at risk

October 6, 2017

By Josh Moon
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Medicaid has another problem with data security.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General recently released a report detailing Alabama Medicaid’s failure to “adequately secure its Medicaid Management data and Information System (MMIS).” It also failed to “implement specific controls over its MMIS data and information system” and failed “to provide sufficient oversight” to ensure its vendor maintained security.

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Worley opposes the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson repeal bill

September 20, 2017

 By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, the Alabama Democratic Party released a statement in which they said that, “The Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill would sabotage our health care system, gut Medicaid, increase costs, and strip health care away from millions of Americans.”

“Democrats believe health care is a right, not a privilege,” Nancy Worley, chairwoman of the Alabama Democratic Party, said in a statement. “And as Republicans try to take health care away from working families, Alabamians will suffer under the Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill.  This harmful bill will end Medicaid as we know it, cancel tax credits that help families afford health insurance, and eliminate subsidies that reduce out-of-pocket costs for working families. Republicans need to listen to the Alabamians they represent and join Democrats in their efforts to improve our health care system.”

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Governor Ivey rejects RCO plan

July 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 27, 2017, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) announced that the long troubled State Medicaid Agency will pursue alternatives to Regional Care Organizations (RCOs).

Gov. Ivey said, “I support Medicaid’s shift in reform strategy, which has been fully shared with Legislative leadership and other key stakeholders.  I spoke with Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and he has assured me of the Trump administration’s desire to work with the states to allow more flexibility in Medicaid services moving forward.  This flexibility brought us to a crossroads where we reconsidered the risks and rewards of RCOs, and decided instead to pursue new reform options which bring less risks and similar outcomes.”
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Roby introduces Balanced Budget Amendment

July 28, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, July 27, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Montgomery) filed a bill to introduce a new amendment to the United States Constitution requiring that the United States balance the Federal Budget.

H.J.Res. 114, would amend the US Constitution that, if passed and ratified, would require Congress to annually pass a balanced budget. Roby has introduced similar Legislation each Congress since being elected.

Congresswoman Roby said, “For far too long our Federal government has operated far beyond its means. It is irresponsible and dangerous to continue down this fiscal path.”
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Roby tells Senators to get to work

July 20, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, July 19, 2017, US Representative Martha Roby (R-Alabama) reacted to the Senate’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare and chastised the Senate, saying that despite differing opinions and solutions, the Senate needs to come together to deliver results for the American people.

Congresswoman Roby said in her videotaped message, “I am very disappointed to hear about the breakdown in the Senate over the health care bill, but I was pleased to hear the President is encouraging the Senate to stay and get their work done.  The House has done its job, and now it is time for the Senate to roll up their sleeves and get to work.”
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Doug Jones Interview

July 7, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, June 30 The Alabama Political Reporter (APR) spoke at length with former US Attorney Doug Jones who is running for Senate in the Democratic Party Primary. Jones was a US Attorney during the President Bill Clinton (D) Administration.

APR: If Syria attacks civilians with chemical weapons again, after both Presidents Trump and Obama have warned Assad not to do that, should the US mission in Syria change to removing Assad?
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