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Groups praise extension of postpartum Medicaid coverage
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Groups praise extension of postpartum Medicaid coverage

The latest report from the Alabama Department of Public Health shows that maternal deaths increased from 36 in 2016 to 44 in 2017. Alabamians ranked “poor pregnancy outcomes” as their third greatest concern in the latest Community Health Assessment.

Judge turns passport fees into mental health care
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Judge turns passport fees into mental health care

Alabama Department of Mental Health Commissioner Kim Boswell said the ongoing creation of six mental health crisis centers around the state, where people can be stabilized and possibly referred for outpatient treatment, may reduce the need for civil commitments and the need for inpatient care.

State dedicates $17.8M to incentivize licensed day cares
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State dedicates $17.8M to incentivize licensed day cares

By MADDISON BOOTH, Alabama Daily News The Alabama Department of Human Resources will use $17.8 million from the 2023 education budget to incentivize licensed day cares in the state. The department will award the funds based on its five-star quality rating system and hopes the money will help more families across the state have access...

Legislature sends ‘Nick Risner’ bill to governor
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Legislature sends ‘Nick Risner’ bill to governor

House Bill 143, the Sgt. Nick Risner Act, received final passage in the Senate and House while the family of the Sheffield officer killed in the line of duty looked on. Earlier in the day, Risner was honored with the state’s highest law enforcement award on the House floor.

Lawmakers pass income tax deduction for working families
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Lawmakers pass income tax deduction for working families

House Bill 163 increases the optional standard deduction by $1,000 for couples married filing jointly and $500 for those single, married filing separately and head of household. It also increases the adjusted gross income range allowable for the maximum optional standard deduction to $35,000, up from $33,000, and the adjusted gross income range allowable for dependent exemption to $50,000, up from $20,000, to increase the threshold at which the state imposes individual income taxes.

Lead paint removal bill goes to governor
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Lead paint removal bill goes to governor

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama House on Thursday approved a bill giving the state department of health more authority in enforcing lead paint clean-up laws. The state already has a process contractors are to use when renovating homes with lead-based paint, State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said it’s...