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Governor Offers Suggestions to Fix ObamaCare

Governor Robert Bentley has responded to a congressional request to recommend changes to the Affordable Care Act in an effort to improve quality and affordability in health insurance markets and in Medicaid. Bentley wrote House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and copied U.S. Sens. Richard Shelby and Jeff Sessions, U.S. …

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Alabama Can Lead Nation in Health Care

Here in Alabama and across the country, the consensus is this: The Affordable Care Act has made health care unaffordable and out of reach for too many. It has done nothing to contain costs, which is driving up prices for all of us. President-elect Donald Trump and a new Congress have pledged …

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Healthcare Complexities Challenge Improvements to Care and Cost Reduction

BIRMINGHAM – Challenges to the three legs of health care were expertly explained by a hospital administrator, a leading health insurance company executive, and a physician at the Business Council of Alabama’s Pathways to Policy Summit on Alabama’s Future. The summit held Oct. 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – …

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Survey: ACA rollout is unhealthy for manufacturers.

Skyrocketing health care costs and the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act are potentially unhealthy for manufacturers in the United States, a new survey by the National Association of Manufacturers/Industry Week reveals. The top business challenge for manufacturers in the United States is the increase in health care costs, …

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BCA-Endorsed Free Webinar on Diabetes is Scheduled for Wednesday Afternoon

A leader in diabetes care and a health plan company have scheduled a free webinar Wednesday to discuss with employers and interested parties the prevalence and cost of diabetes, screening and prevention programs, and patient and stakeholder resources. The presentation by Norvo Nordisk and Medicaid Health Plans of America is …

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BCA Policy Committees Draft the 2014 Legislative Session Agenda

Business Council of Alabama policy committee members drafted the BCA’s legislative agenda for the 2014 legislative session during the 2013 Committee Leadership Days conference at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, covering issues from education to small businesses to taxes. The eight policy committees drafted BCA positions for the legislative session …

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Study Says State Medicaid Expansion Could Create Up to 52,000 New Jobs

Expanding Medicaid to increase the number of people eligible for the state-federal insurance plan could create between 24,600 and 52,000 new jobs over seven fiscal years, increase payroll by an estimated $1 billion to $2.1 billion, and insure nearly 300,000 Alabamians currently without medical insurance, according to a study released …

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Kaiser Foundation releases video on health insurance changes

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has released a video explaining the changes to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act: The YouToons Get Ready for Obamacare: Health Insurance Changes Coming Your Way Under the Affordable Care Act   This short video explains the basic changes in the way Americans …

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Children’s of Alabama Expansion in Birmingham Gets Energy and Environmental Design Award

The U.S. Green Building Council has recognized Children’s of Alabama’s Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children in Birmingham for its energy conservation expansion that opened a year ago this month. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design award is for the hospital’s design and its use of sustainable, energy-efficient, and environmentally …

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The 2013 BCA Healthcare Conference concludes after dynamic presentations and Obamacare explanations

HOOVER – The Business Council of Alabama’s successful two-day Healthcare Forum of 2013 concluded Wednesday with an informative speech by the architect of President Barack Obama’s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed in 2010 along party lines by a divided Congress. Nancy-Ann DeParle, Obama’s former deputy chief of staff …

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