BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - New figures show the number of people going onto Alabama Medicaid's rolls every month appears to be leveling off for the first time in a couple of years. The Birmingham News reports that state records show the program added more than 90,000 people between the end of January 2008 and Jan. 31, 2010.
Carol Steckel, commissioner of the Alabama Medicaid Agency, says she doesn't expect enrollment to drop anytime soon. Gov. Bob Riley and 46 other governors have asked Congress to extend federal stimulus funds through June 2011, an extension of six months worth $163 million to Alabama Medicaid.
All Kids, Alabama's program for working families who can't afford health insurance but are not poor enough for Medicaid, is at an all-time high, with enrollment of 72,587 at the end of January.