Alabama Medicaid enrollment jumps by nearly 50,000

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Medicaid Agency says
enrollment has grown by nearly 50,000 people, with the largest
increase in the program most likely to include working families.

Agency spokeswoman Robin Rawls says agency officials believe the
economy is probably behind the increase.

Rawls says enrollment in a Medicaid program for children, teens
and pregnant women has jumped by 45,273 since October 2006.

Families that qualify for the program have incomes at or
slightly above the poverty line.

Medicaid for Low Income Families, a health care program for
families with extremely low income who have children at home, had
an enollment increase of more than 3,500.

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