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Close Alabama’s Medicaid Gap to Save Money and Lives

Close Alabama’s Medicaid Gap to Save Money and Lives

Imagine you’re uninsured and thinking about buying health insurance. If good coverage is available, you’d want to know if you could afford the premiums and out-of-pocket costs. But those aren’t the only factors that determine affordability. You’d also need to subtract the cost of going without insurance: the doctor visits and prescriptions you’re paying for […]

Keep the Faith: The Lending Reform Movement in Ala. Will Win

Keep the Faith: The Lending Reform Movement in Ala. Will Win

It’s no secret that tremendous wealth can open doors, and you don’t have to look far to see the colossal power of money in the political process, both here in Alabama and across the country. In Alabama, the high-cost lending industries are throwing hefty sums of money around, merging affluence with influence and hoping to […]

The Anxiety of Black Parents and Police, While Real, Differs

The Anxiety of Black Parents and Police, While Real, Differs

In the middle of President Barack Obama’s soaring oratory at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) last week, he uttered one sentence about Black people, police and police brutality that gave some listeners pause. “The worry Black parents feel when their son leaves the house isn’t so different than what a brave cop’s family feels when […]

Why Doctors Should Write Prescriptions for Fresh Food

Why Doctors Should Write Prescriptions for Fresh Food

Sometimes an idea is so good and so simple, you wonder why we didn’t think of it a long time ago. The FARMACY program in Letcher County, Kentucky is one of those ideas. Through this joint initiative of Community Farm Alliance, University of Kentucky, Appal-TREE Project and Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation (MCHC) in Whitesburg, doctors […]

Fla. Immigration Advocate: U.S. Will Thrive Once it’s Free of Racism

Fla. Immigration Advocate: U.S. Will Thrive Once it’s Free of Racism

With Immigrant Heritage Month having ended last month, I’ve taken the time to reflect on my humble beginnings and all the opportunities this great country has provided me. As director of policy and advocacy for the Florida Immigrant Coalition, I have worked with many immigrants who have made America their home in order to escape […]

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