A new national study says Alabama has the lowest rate in the South for children without health care coverage.
A study by the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University says 4.3 percent of Alabama's children didn't have health coverage in 2013. Other Southern states ranged from slightly more than 5 percent to 11 percent. The national average was 7.1 percent. Alabama ranked 10th best among the states.
The study found that Alabama had nearly 11,000 fewer uninsured children in 2013 than in 2011.
The director of the Georgetown Center, Joan Alker, says Alabama is the star of the South when it comes to making sure children have the health care they need to succeed.
The main sources of coverage in Alabama were private insurance, Medicaid and ALL Kids.