During the first special session of 2022, the Alabama legislature passed bills dealing with money from the American Rescue Plan Act. About $80 million was sent to the hospitals and nursing homes in the state to fight COVID-19.
The approvals mean health officials can possibly identify and treat infants affected with certain genetic or metabolic conditions, which can prevent premature death and reduce morbidity and intellectual and other disabilities.
A bill now headed to the Alabama Senate floor would charge doctors with a felony if they treat a transgender youth with hormonal therapy, puberty blockers, or if they perform surgery to alter the minor’s appearance.
The holidays can be filled with cheer, but it’s not always merry and bright for everyone. According to the Alabama Department of Mental Health, stress from the holiday season can add to already existing feelings of depression or anxiety.
Alabama dentists say the state is on the verge of a workforce crisis. One-third of Alabama’s dentists are sixty years or older. At least half of those practice in rural Alabama, which means the majority of rural dentists are eyeing retirement.
Members of the University of Alabama’s Campus Veterans Association are getting ready to march alongside their counterparts from Auburn’s Student Veterans Association to raise awareness for veteran suicides.