Medicaid Program Funding

Alabama's Medicaid program could be getting a huge funding boost from an expanded Bingo For Books proposal.

The original version of Bingo For Books' would have generated a substantial tax on winnings.

Those revenues would funnel money into the purchase of textbooks for public schools, but now Medicaid will also benefit.

One Alabama lawmaker says the new proposal could generate as much as $48 million annually for Medicaid and an additional $48 million to purchase textbooks.

Lawmakers are expected to get a full peak at the substitute bill sometimes next week.