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Report Says 198,000 Alabamians Could Get Subsidies

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

A new report says about 198,000 uninsured Alabamians are eligible for federal subsidies to purchase health insurance under the new federal health care law.

The report by the Kaiser Family Foundation says that number represents 30 percent of Alabama's 660,000 residents without insurance. The report also says about 191,000 people, or 29 percent of Alabama's uninsured, fall into a coverage gap because Alabama is not expanding its Medicaid program under the federal law.

The law provides a sliding scale of subsidies for households making between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level. That's a ceiling of $94,200 annually for a family of four.

Federal figures show Alabama had more than 3,400 people sign up for insurance through the federal marketplace in October and November.

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