Implementing New Laws | Hot 5

  • Published: May 22, 2017
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

    PLUS… Hot 5’s Hot Tip | Conference Resources Now Available

    PLUS… Key Dates This Week


    1. Medicaid for Inmates Bill Signed into Law

    The ACCA priority legislation to allow Medicaid-eligible inmates to have their Medicaid benefits reinstated for inpatient hospital visits exceeding 24 hours was signed into law last week. The provisions of the law (now known as Act 2017-298) will go into effect on January 1, 2018, but a tremendous amount of work will be required to implement this new process. Over the next few weeks, the Association requests the assistance of county leaders to ensure the implementation deadlines included in the Act are met in a timely manner.

    Please provide Morgan Arrington responses to the following questions by June 1:

    1. Does your county have third-party insurance contracts for the medical needs of the inmates? (Provide copy of contract).
    2. Does your county have negotiated rates with local or regional health care providers for inmate medical care? (Identify if these are oral agreements or whether they are written agreements – if written, provide a copy).


    2. Candidates for ACCA Leadership Listed Online

    The list of candidates for ACCA leadership positions is now posted on the Association’s website. These leaders are charged with charting the statewide vision for Alabama’s county governments in the 2017-2018 year…and there is still time to sign up!

    Potential candidates should contact Jeannie Gaines for more information.

    Click here to view the current candidates

    3. Motor Grader Training Starting Up

    The Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA) will launch its first series of Motor Grader Operator Training classes next month in Butler, Chambers, and Pike counties. This two-year project, led by John Bedford, Chris Champion, Justin Hardee, and Randy Cole, leverages the expertise of Alabama’s most experienced, county-employed motor grader operators to provide critical and cost-saving training opportunities to other motor grader operators from across the state.

    The program is the first of its kind in Alabama, and the Association applauds the leadership of the county engineers spearheading this necessary and innovative program. To learn more about the Motor Grader Operator Training, be on the lookout for next month’s issue of the County Commission Magazine.


    4. Congratulations to New ACAA Officers

    Seventeen new officers were elected at this year’s Association of County Administrators of Alabama (ACAA) Annual Conference. The Association would like to congratulate the newly-elected leaders of the ACAA!

    Read more about the new officers here


    5. Join or Renew: NACo Steering Committees

    Would you like to be a part of continuing Alabama’s tradition of influencing the National Association of Counties’ activity on issues important to our state’s 67 counties as well as counties across the Nation? If so, please join or renew your participation on one of NACo’s ten steering committees by completing the NACo Steering Committee Nomination form and returning it to the ACCA for processing no later than Friday, June 16. Appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and will be announced in September. Contact Marcia Collier at or 334-236-7594 if you have any questions.


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    Conference Resources Available Online

    ACEA and ACAA Conference resources are now available online. View presentation materials, handouts, speaker information, and more with one simple click. Questions about any of the materials provided on this page should be directed to Jennifer Datcher.

                            Click here to view the resources

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