Update on the Special Session
Today the wheels came off on what has been one of the most unpredictable weeks in the Alabama Legislature. After SB 3, the Alabama lottery bill, passed the House on Thursday evening (around midnight) with three House amendments it came back to the Senate for concurrence.
After a long morning of back and forth, the Senate voted to not concur, which essentially means that the bill is dead. The only hope for revenue to protect Medicaid is with HB 36, the BP bill, which will be debated after the Senate comes back on Tuesday, September 6. The bill would need to be amended to include money for Medicaid, since the bill that passed the House pays off debt to the rainy day fund and funds road projects in South Alabama.
This hole in Medicaid affects all of us since we are paid out of one fund, the General Fund. Between now and September 6, contact your legislator and ask them to include Medicaid funding in HB 36. Don’t know who your legislator is? Click here.