More kids eligible for free health insurance

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - A program that provides free children's health insurance in Alabama is expanding soon. All Kids is administered by the state health department, which is opening up the program to even more children beginning October first.

All Kids is Alabama's name for the National Children's Health Insurance Program or CHIP. Right now, only families whose incomes are less than 200% of the federal poverty level are eligible. But starting October first, the threshold moves to 300%.

That means a family of four making up to $66,000/year will now be able to qualify for free children's health insurance.

The state's Cathy Caldwell says the increase accounts for about 13,000 children.

"We believe we will be able to identify and enroll 10,000 of those in the first year," she said.

To find out if your children qualify or to enroll in the All Kids program, go to the state health department's web site.

You also can find paper applications at your local health department, school, or doctor's office.

All Kids operates much like a private health insurance program and offers similar coverage.

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