Many Alabama children switch to Medicaid under federal healthcare care

Federal healthcare law switches many Alabama children to Medicaid

(WTVM) - More than 25,000 Alabama children will be moved from two state-run health insurance programs to Medicaid.

It's a new mandate under the new federal healthcare law.

Children in households below a certain income must be covered under the law by Medicaid.

The state won't lose any money on the deal. However, there is some good news and bad news for parents.

"Now the good news for the parent is that there's no copay or there's very low co-pay and there are no deductibles. The other challenge though is that some of these children will likely have to find a different doctor," says Dr. Don Williamson, an Alabama Public Health Officer.

Notices have been sent out and many parents should receive them within a week.

The changes take effect Jan. 1.

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