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Wed May 13, 2009
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More Children To Receive Health Insurance

Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The General Fund budget approved by the
Legislature will expand Alabama's insurance program for children to
cover 14,000 more children from working families lacking insurance.
The expansion was allowed by Congress in February when it raised
the federal tobacco tax to pay for more children's health
insurance. The Legislature provided the matching state money
necessary for the expansion last week when it approved a state
General Fund budget for the fiscal year starting October 1st.
Senate budget committee Chairman Roger Bedford pushed for the
expansion. The Democrat from Russellville says the Legislature
wanted to help more working families without insurance for their
children.