DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — To benefit more of Alabama’s underserved communities, over 40 different organizations throughout the state sent a letter to Governor Kay Ivey advising her how to allocate Alabama’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding.
New priorities for how the ARPA money will be used are the main goal of why these organizations sent this letter.
Medical Advocacy and Outreach helps nearly 3,000 Alabamians get the care and resources they need in order to live full and healthy lives. They say the new priorities they’ve helped set up, will help their organization and others serve many more people who are in need.
According to the Manager of Advocacy and Civic Health at MAO, Landon Nichols, they recognize that this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity the state will have to invest in the future of all Alabamians.
In this letter to the governor, they address the importance of engaging with local communities, aiming for equity and outcomes, as well as increasing the availability of health care for all citizens by investing in Medicaid expansion.
They also want to create 21st-century infrastructure and build public trust in how every dollar is spent. He said by allocating the money in these categories, everyone in the state will have the opportunity to thrive.
“I think the number one reason that we signed onto this letter is that we believe it is imperative that we invest these monies in infrastructure, and in programs that will build Alabama for the future,” Nichols said.
Nichols tells WDHN, that the best way the community can get involved toward this goal, is by writing letters and calling their representatives to urge the governor to re-evaluate how those recovery funds will be used.