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Alabama Medicaid Proposal Will Take Healthcare Away from Those Who Need it Most

(April 2, 2018) - BIRMINGHAM, Ala.

For more information please contact:

Britney Reddick
[email protected]

Statement of American Lung Association Regional Executive Vice President Martha Bogdan in response to Alabama's proposed "Medicaid Workforce Initiative":

"Today, the American Lung Association in Alabama submitted comments to the Alabama Medicaid Agency, urging them to withdraw their proposal, which would result in an estimated 8,700 very low-income parents would lose coverage under the first year of this initiative, a number that would only increase over time.

"This waiver would take away healthcare benefits from patients who need them the most. For those who are living with a lung disease like asthma, lung cancer or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), losing healthcare coverage as a result of this waiver could have deadly consequences. We urge Alabama to withdraw this proposal and instead work to ensure that all Alabamans have quality and affordable healthcare."

For media interested in speaking with an expert about the importance of quality and affordable healthcare and the Alabama waiver, contact Britney Reddick at the American Lung Association at [email protected] or 470-233-7030.


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