Alabama calls off freeze to children's health insurance

Alabama will no longer freeze enrollment for children's health insurance on Jan. 1, thanks to new temporary funding passed by Congress, the state said Wednesday. 

The stopgap spending bill that lawmakers passed last week gives the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) $2.85 billion in temporary funding. The move was intended to tide over states that were running low on funding due to Congress's failure to pass a long-term funding measure for the program. 

Alabama had earlier announced that it would no longer accept new enrollees as of Jan. 1, because of the lack of funding from Congress. While the state is calling off that step, it warned that lawmakers still need to take action soon.

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