Tuesday, May 24, 2016

General Fund/Medicaid Cuts Lawmakers approved a general fund budget $85 million short of the $785 million the Alabama Medicaid Agency said was needed to adequately fund the agency. Republican legislative leaders said they could no longer cut other agencies to support Medicaid. Commissioner Stephanie Azar said the agency will be cutting services without additional funding. In response, the Medical Association of the State of Alabama is urging state lawmakers and Gov. Bentley to start now […]


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The U.S. Senate has passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, which will provide grants to states, local governments and non-profit groups for programs to strengthen prescription drug monitoring, improve treatment for addicts, and expand prevention, education and law enforcement initiatives.   According to an article in USA Today, this legislation authorizes $725 million for federal grants but does not allocate any actual funds, which would have to be approved as part of legislation to […]


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Prescription drug abuse initiative aims to save lives   To combat the growing problem of prescription drug abuse, APPA has partnered with the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and a coalition of medical, business, health insurance and law enforcement organizations in the launch of a new initiative – Smart & Safe – aimed at providing education on and encouraging the safe prescription, use, storage and disposal of medication.   Recent studies indicate most […]


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