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Published on : Apr 07, 2015

Governor of Alabama, Robert Bentley officially formed a task force on Monday to address issues relating to how to offer more accessible and affordable healthcare facilities to the local populace of Alabama. 

The Alabama Health Care Improvement Task Force will have 38 members in total. The task force is brought into existence following executive order. The team is assigned the responsibility to evaluate ways that can enhance the access to healthcare across the rural regions of Alabama that face a “serious shortage” dentists and physicians providing primary care, as told by the Governor. 

Duties of the task force will be segregated on the basis of core specialization of the team members. Some will be allotted with the responsibility to make medical resources and telemedicine available in the rural region, while others will focus on the scope of practice laws for medical practitioners, nurses, and other medical professionals. 

Bentley further mentioned, the Task Force will have to shoulder a long-term responsibility and the team is expected to present a few initial recommendations for improvement to the governor before the onset of the 2016 legislative session. Presenting recommendations beforehand will be necessary in case they require being drafted. 

Governor Robert Bentley further mentioned that the state of Alabama wont expand the Medicaid that falls under the Affordable Care Act, but he confirmed having spoken with the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and they have agreed to chalk-out plan to optimally utilize the private insurance allotted to the sector. 

However, in order to be covered under the insurance, the able bodied populace of Alabama should be employed or be a part of any workforce training schemes or programs.