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August 24, 2018

Updated Plan for Healthcare

This campaign has been as educational for me as it has been exciting. Many experts from all areas in healthcare have volunteered their knowledge and advice on how to improve our healthcare plan, and because there’s always more to be learned by listening than by talking, I have heard them, and I feel that it’s time to incorporate these great ideas into an updated plan. First, let me be clear that I fully stand by […]
April 16, 2018

Plan for the Opioid Crisis

Like most states, Alabama has been hit hard with opioid abuse and addiction. Indeed, our state has the highest rate of prescription opioid use in the nation, and it’s well established that legitimate use of opioid medication is a leading cause of illicit opioid abuse. But opioids aren’t our only drug problem. Other prescription medications and illegal drugs like crystal meth and cocaine continue to plague our communities. As Governor, one of my first steps […]
April 16, 2018

Walt Maddox unveils plan to combat opioid crisis

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox on Monday unveiled his plan to combat Alabama’s opioid epidemic – a proposal that includes the creation of a cabinet-level official to oversee substance abuse issues. Maddox also said he would expand Medicaid to address the crisis. The Tuscaloosa mayor has said on the campaign trail that he would expand Medicaid through an executive order on “day one” of his administration. “The expansion will increase the availability of and access […]
April 9, 2018

Improving Mental Health

If we go back in history, to the era of pioneers like Peter Bryce, Senator Lister Hill, and J. T. Searcy, Alabama was once a world leader in mental health services. But despite our bright past, our current mental health system is in crisis. Alabama has betrayed its own legacy of effective and compassionate mental health treatment by continually underfunding mental health services, relying on jails and prisons to house the severely mentally ill, and […]