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.”

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Rogers Reports on His Work in His District

September 12, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, September 9, US Representative Mike Rogers (R-Saks) reported in an email to constituents about his recent activities across the Third Congressional District of Alabama during the District Work Period.

Rep. Rogers wrote, “I always enjoy taking a break from Washington to visit with folks and spend time back in our great State. During this work period, I had the opportunity to tour several facilities in the Third District including DaVita Dialysis in Opelika and General Electric in Auburn. These companies are both great examples of growing areas of the economy: health care and aviation.”
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ALFA Hits Jackpot For 20 Years Straight But Doesn’t Want You To

September 6, 2016

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—Will blame, incrimination and meddling be the legacy of the circular firing squad known as the 2016 Special Legislative Session?

Unrelenting lobbying by various groups helped kill Governor Robert Bentley’s lottery bill SB3, which was carried by Sen. Jim McClendon (R-Springville), namely, the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, those backing GreeneTrack, VictoryLand and Alabama Farmers Association (ALFA).

Each group lost something in the last minute mugging of the lottery bill… except ALFA.
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60 Plus And Bentley Discuss Negative Impact of EPA Regulations on Alabama Seniors

October 8, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, October 7, a new report was released by the Senior’s Group, 60 Plus, claiming that proposed EPA regulations could raise energy prices by more than 20% on Alabama families including the most vulnerable among us. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley joined the 60 Plus Association at the Alabama State Capitol today to unveil the new report, “Energy Bills Challenge Alabama’s Senior Citizens.”
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Rogers Warns of Medicare Advantage Cuts Due to Obamacare

March 19, 2014

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

On Friday, U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R) from Saks sent an email to constituents warning of the consequences of deep cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage program that were passed by the then Democratically controlled Congress in 2010 to partially pay for President Obama’s controversial healthcare insurance reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, popularly referred to as Obama Care.
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Medicare Advantage Cuts Expected in 2014

March 19, 2013

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The Obama administration is planning new cuts to the embattled Medicare Advantage program.  The new round of cuts for 2014 likely mean that seniors will have to pay a larger portion of their healthcare expenses through higher premiums and/or higher copays and deductibles.  Some seniors could lose their coverage altogether.

The Center for Medicare Services (CMS) announced the new cuts come in a required regulatory filing of 2.3% in the reimbursement rates CMS pays to insurance companies which operate the Medicare Advantage plans.  The Medicare Advantage Plans are services administered by private for-profit or non-profit providers.
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Most Americans are Not Prepared for Retirement: Very Dependent on Medicare and Social Security

October 22, 2012

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

According to a study that was released by the Americans Association of Retired Persons (AARP) on Friday far too many Americans are ill prepared for their inevitable retirement.

According to the AARP report more than a third of Americans between the ages of 21 and 64 have not set any money set aside for their retirements.  Of those Americans between age 50 to 59 who have set money aside for retirement most do not have enough.  Of those who do have savings 25% have less than $25,000.  Half of 50 to 59 year olds have less than $80,000 in savings.  Half of the American work force does not have an employer provided retirement plan. As more and more employers move away from old fashioned defined benefit plans (pensions) to defined contribution plans like 401(k) s there is more need for Americans to save more money to fund their own retirements.
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