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Alabama Baptists a major help with flooding cleanup efforts in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (TAB) — Although teams from Alabama and other states have deployed their disaster relief volunteers to Louisiana, more help is needed. And fast. With Alabama’s neighbor-state receiving record-shattering rainfall of between 4 and 26 inches in different areas over a four-day period, more than 15 parishes have been affected and at least 13 people reported dead. On Aug. 19, Alabama Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) was assigned incident management... read more


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Lottery won't give healthier future to our children, Alabama pediatrician says

August 18, 2016

Shame on us. The lottery is no way to finance the Medicaid program that provides health insurance for more than a million Alabamians — with more than half of them children. Our legislators adjourned last spring after approving a budget that shortchanged the Medicaid program by $85 million dollars along with a loss of approximately $160 million additional Federal matching dollars. Cuts to the program started Aug. 1 with our pediatricians and family practice doctors the first to bear the brunt of the inadequate budget. Office visits now pay about 60 percent of the Medicare rate. The payment for vaccines dropped a whopping 60 percent, now paying only $8 per vaccine which is 31 percent of the Medicare rate. By the way, who thinks it is easier to give an adult a shot than it is to give...

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