Alabama Healthcare News & Articles

There is a great deal of effort going on in Montgomery to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. So much effort, in fact, that a review of the draft legislation indicates that the Republican majority may well be asked very soon to throw…

On Thursday, September 19th, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-California), unveiled a sweeping new proposal to lower drug prices known as H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. Speaker Pelosi remarked that the bill was “transformative” and “We do hope to…

Mental health in America is broken. The federal government controls the funding for mental health care, but currently, there’s not a plan in place to fix the crisis tormenting our nation. I believe it’s time for us to create a strategy. It’s time to offer…

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This election season you’re going to hear a lot about rural healthcare and how to solve the ever-increasing crisis of access to healthcare in rural and poor parts of Alabama. It is a crisis that needs to be tackled head-on, however, most of the solutions…

After this week’s ransomware attack, three DCH hospitals are starting to come back online.  On late Tuesday, a variant of the Ryuk Ransomware struck the IT networks of the DCH Hospitals in Tuscaloosa, Fayette, and Northport.  The hospitals had to start diverting all but the…

Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced that she has released an extra, conditional state appropriation that when matched with federal dollars will provide a total of $78 million in extra payments to state hospitals for treating Medicaid beneficiaries. “I want to do everything I can…

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Starting Tuesday, October 1st, the federal government is changing the formula that it uses to reimburse hospitals and other medical providers for healthcare services provided to Medicare patients. The change in the formula, known as the Medicare Wage Index, will potentially help rural hospitals receive…

All three hospitals of the DCH Health System in West Alabama were closed Tuesday to new patients due to a ransomware attack on their computer system. The hospitals are located in Tuscaloosa, Northport and Fayette, AL. In a statement published on their website, DCH said…

Five Questions with Tommy Tuberville

Written by David Preston on September 17, 2019

This article continues an ongoing series of articles where BamaPolitics.com will ask questions of the candidates running for federal office in 2020. These articles are designed to give our readers an introduction to each candidate and give you a better understanding of why they are…

According to numbers released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau, around 32,000 more Alabamians were uninsured in 2018 than 2017 and the state’s 10-percent uninsured rate is more than a percentage point higher than the national average. For his part, Jim Carnes, Policy Director for…

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