The following action alert was released by Arise Citizens’ Policy Project on August 15, 2018.
Alabamians have an extra chance to speak out on a harmful Medicaid policy. In the past two weeks, more than 300 people have submitted comments against a catch-22 plan to take away Medicaid from Alabama parents living in deep poverty. A big thanks to those who have taken the time to give feedback.
But as the August 30 comments deadline approaches, our work is not done. We can and will get that number even higher! If you haven’t commented already, please click here to urge the state to abandon its misguided proposal to take away Medicaid coverage from struggling parents.
While this plan claims to be a “work requirement,” it’s really a work penalty. Thousands of parents would be required to work to keep their Medicaid coverage, but the pay from even a part-time job at minimum wage would cause them to make too much to qualify for that coverage in the first place. Because Alabama hasn’t expanded Medicaid to cover working adults, forcing stay-at-home moms to work outside the home effectively kicks them out of health coverage.
Think about it like this: Right now, Alabama parents can’t qualify for Medicaid if their income is above 18 percent of the poverty line ($312 a month for a family of three). This means a parent working just 10 hours a week at minimum wage earns too much to be eligible for Medicaid in our state. Yet this proposal would require parents to work 20 to 35 hours a week, guaranteeing they would lose eligibility.
Click HERE to tell Medicaid officials that this harmful plan is the wrong path for Alabama. You also can find more information on the above scenario at that link, as well as other reasons this plan is harmful for Alabama families. A better solution is to expand Medicaid!
Please speak out if you haven’t yet. If you already have, we thank you and ask you to encourage others to do the same. (One way is to share this link on social media.) Public opposition to this plan must be loud, clear and undeniable!
Arise Citizens’ Policy Project, founded in 1994, is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of 150 congregations and community groups and hundreds of individuals united in their belief that low-income people are suffering because of state policy decisions. Its sister organization, Alabama Arise, holds the same membership and is a member of the Equal Voice network.