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.
Alabama consumers will see more competition when the health insurance marketplace opens Nov. 15 for its second year.
United Healthcare has signed up to offer individual policies in all 67 counties. UHC did not participate the first year. Regulators say Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama will be back in all counties. Humana will again offer policies in Jefferson, Shelby and Madison counties.
Alabama Arise spokesman Jim Carnes says increased competition should be good for consumers.