1109, 2020

Southerners from eight states demand Medicaid expansion

By |September 11, 2020|

Activists from eight Southern states have formed a new coalition to urge Medicaid expansion. Of the 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid since the passage of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, eight are in the South. Nine out of 10 people who fall in the so-called “coverage gap” — people who do not qualify for Medicaid but do not make enough money to pay for private health insurance —live in the South. At least 7 million Southerners fall into the coverage gap. Southerners for Medicaid Expansion is planning a series of events to raise awareness, culminating in an October 1 candlelight vigil to remember “the people who have died and those who continue to suffer from the denial of affordable healthcare.” On the Reckon Interview Live, we spoke with Robyn Hyden, executive director of Alabama Arise, a nonprofit focused on poverty-related issues, about the case for expanding Medicaid in the South. Hyden stressed that Medicaid expansion has bipartisan support from voters, even if politicians have delayed action. Medicaid expansion would be an economic boon for states like Alabama and could lead to fewer rural hospitals closing their doors. Watch the full conversation here: On this week's episode [...]

709, 2020

Broken by design: The long history of the South’s fragmented health care system

By |September 7, 2020|

The Covid-19 pandemic laid bare the problems with the South’s fragmented, patchwork health care system. Nine out of 10 people in the United States who fall into the “coverage gap” live in the South. The region leads the country in high rates of chronic disease and each year we see more and more hospitals shuttering across the rural South.

905, 2020

As Alabama reopens, will people wear masks?

By |May 9, 2020|

Crowds gathered Tuesday afternoon in parking lots surrounding Huntsville Hospital. Parents and kids, grandparents and teens sat on tailgates and waited for a promised military flyover honoring hospital workers. Few were wearing masks, but none were crowded together, keeping mostly to their cars.

805, 2020

How are extroverts finding purpose without people?

By |May 8, 2020|

The unmistakable riff from the early ’90s grunge hit, “Smells Like Teen Spirit," by Nirvana has been keeping Anna Mahan busy in quarantine. Mahan, a recent graduate of the University of North Alabama, has been trying to fill every moment of self-isolation with engaging activities, like learning chords on her new guitar, streaming shows, and reading books. In a non-pandemic world, the self-described extrovert would be working closely with others at her now-canceled internship in Honduras.