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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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Medicaid regions have been released. (for now)

The Alabama Medicaid Agency today released a draft map of five geographical regions where Regional Care Organizations will provide essential Medicaid services through providers. The preliminary map could change after public hearings and Medicaid rule-making. The Business Council of Alabama supports Medicaid reform in order to control costs and ensure …

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Medicaid overhaul bill advances in Senate

The House Health Committee on a voice vote on Tuesday favorably reported the Medicaid overhaul bill, SB 340, by Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper. The bill goes to the full House and is in place for possible final consideration on Thursday. Reed and the sponsor of the House version, Rep. Jim …

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Medical, health-related bills advance in 2013 legislature

House and Senate bills that would allow certified registered nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives to prescribe certain controlled substances cleared separate steps toward passage today (4/24). A committee also cleared a medical provider conscientious objection bill. The House Health Committee approved SB 229 by Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper, and …

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House Health Committee chair sees Medicaid expansion as a possibility

The chairman of the House Health Committee today said that proposed Medicaid reforms could position Alabama to expand Medicaid and accept billions of federal dollars that would accompany an expansion. “I can see in the future if we can get a grip on this program and get it under control, …

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Medicaid bills carried over for technical fine-tuning (UPDATED added link to BCA endorsement)

The House Ways and Means General Fund Committee today carried over three Medicaid bills that were written to help transform Medicaid in a more efficient and affordable health care network for recipients and taxpayers. Rep. Greg Wren, R-Montgomery, a member of the committee, asked to postpone action on HBs 370, …

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