States play a major role in the delivery and financing of health care and public health in the U.S. The League of Women Voters of Alabama state health care study committee, representing several leagues, determined that most members were not knowledgeable about our state programs that provide help to those unable to afford or access needed health care. The committee decided to gather information on programs that provide care to children and needy adults to be shared with local leagues and to evaluate where the gaps in service might be.

In view of the fact that any health care program adopted at the national level will affect health care delivery in the states, we will follow the current study with an evaluation of gaps which may remain after national legislation is put into effect. The committee may determine that a consensus is needed to enlarge our present stated positions.

The committee is providing this material for the use of local leagues to be used as educational background material for any future studies.

Facts & Issues: Health Care in Alabama