Legislature hears comments on Medicaid proposal

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 3, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: April 3, 2013

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A joint session of the Alabama Legislature heard a recap of a bill that would allow major changes to the way Medicaid is administered by the state.

Proponents say it would set up a flexible framework that will foster changes specific to the needs of the state's various regions. The bill is based on a report presented to Governor Robert Bentley by a 33-member commission in January.

A speaker representing the developmentally disabled community told legislators that 42.5 percent of Medicaid expenditures are for the disabled population. He asked that a seat on any community regional care organization board be reserved for the disabled.

Representatives of aging and long-term care agencies made similar requests. Jim Carnes of Alabama Arise called on lawmakers to "strengthen the bill from a consumer standpoint."

Ryan Sadler, a lobbyist for Centene Corporation of Missouri, told the group that his company works with 21 state governments and they want to work in Alabama as "part of the solution."

No vote was taken or scheduled as of Wednesday.

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