Alabama Medicaid Agency

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Alabama Medicaid unwinding: Children big part of losses, but may have gotten coverage elsewhere

BY: - November 2, 2023

Children ranging from one to 12 made up over 31% of Alabamians who lost Medicaid coverage after federal restrictions on disenrollment expired earlier this year, according to data released Tuesday by the Alabama Medicaid Agency. When children 18 years old or younger are included, that figure rises to over 43%. But both Alabama Medicaid officials […]

Black lettering spells out "Alabama Medicaid" on a white wall. A door marked "entrance" can be seen below and to the right of the sign.

Medicaid unwinding: 28,300 Alabamians lost coverage in July; total losses top 50,000

BY: - November 1, 2023

Nearly 28,300 Alabamians lost Medicaid coverage in the month of July after federal restrictions on disenrollment expired earlier this year, according to data released Tuesday by the Alabama Medicaid Agency. The new numbers bring the total number of Alabamians known to have lost Medicaid coverage under the process to over 50,000. “The numbers don’t necessarily […]

Black lettering spells out "Alabama Medicaid" on a white wall. A door marked "entrance" can be seen below and to the right of the sign.

Alabama Medicaid Agency: Up to 100,000 Alabamians may have lost coverage

BY: - October 6, 2023

Up to 100,000 Alabamians may have lost Medicaid coverage since restrictions on federal bans on disenrollment expired earlier this year, according to preliminary numbers assembled by the Alabama Medicaid Agency. But Melanie Cleveland, a spokeswoman for the Medicaid Agency, said some of those removed could return within a 90-day window to restore coverage. “It is […]

Black lettering spells out "Alabama Medicaid" on a white wall. A door marked "entrance" can be seen below and to the right of the sign.

Post COVID-emergency, Alabama not reporting how many people lost Medicaid coverage

BY: - August 16, 2023

Alabama is one of only six states that has yet to report how many people have lost Medicaid coverage during the “unwinding” process that followed the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The Alabama Medicaid Agency began evaluating Medicaid recipients’ eligibility for coverage in June.  The agency completed two months of redeterminations, but those […]

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House committee approves General Fund budget

BY: - April 20, 2023

The House Ways and Means General Fund committee Wednesday approved a $3 billion General Fund budget that would provide broad funding increases for most state agencies. HB 124, sponsored by Chairman Rex Reynolds, R-Huntsville, is a “good, sound budget for Alabama,” he said. The total increase of about $15 million from the Gov. Kay Ivey’s […]

DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner presents budget to the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Finances and Budgets on Feb. 22, 2023 to the Permanent Joint Legislative Committee on Finances and Budgets.

Commissioners of state health agencies cite staffing issues in budget requests

BY: - February 23, 2023

During budget hearings Wednesday, Alabama Department of Human Resources Commissioner Nancy Buckner underlined the difficulties in retaining staff.  The Alabama Department of Human Resources had a turnover rate of 64% among its child welfare staff last year, she said. That was up from 46% percent the prior year. Buckner said that hiring and retaining workers […]

Registered Nurse Orlyn Grace (L) administers a COVID-19 booster vaccination to Jeanie Merriman (R) at a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on April 06, 2022 in San Rafael, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

What the end of the COVID emergency means for Alabama

BY: - February 15, 2023

The end of the national COVID emergency could change what we know about the virus’ activities in Alabama. And it could also affect the state’s Medicaid rolls. The national public health emergency (PHE) required Medicaid agencies to keep people enrolled in the program, even if they no longer qualified for it. With the end of […]

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The workforce benefits of Medicaid expansion in Alabama

BY: - February 14, 2023

For nearly a decade, Alabama has been outside looking in on a good deal. While hundreds of thousands of Alabamians struggle without health insurance, state leaders have failed to expand Medicaid to cover adults with low incomes. A few loud voices have politicized an issue that shouldn’t be political. And our state has paid the […]

Black lettering spells out "Alabama Medicaid" on a white wall. A door marked "entrance" can be seen below and to the right of the sign.

Alabama’s budget structure could complicate Medicaid expansion efforts

BY: - February 7, 2023

Health care policy advocates hope new federal incentives will encourage Alabama officials to drop their long-standing opposition to Medicaid expansion and extend insurance to those in the coverage gap. Gov. Kay Ivey, however, remains hesitant on Medicaid expansion. And Alabama’s peculiar budget structure could complicate the process.  Alabama is one of 11 states that have […]