Negotiations Delays Funds for Cover Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Governor Bredesen says the state's difficulty in getting the federal government to approve an extension for TennCare has put a hold on plans to ask for matching funds for the newly created Cover Tennessee program.

When Bredesen passed his Cover Tennessee program last year targeting the uninsured, he told lawmakers that he hoped to ultimately be able to draw matching funds from federal sources.

The governor said today he's had to hold off while the state negotiated the three-year extension for TennCare, the state's expanded Medicaid program.

The program's expiration was delayed six times until state and federal officials could agree on a new deal late last week. Bredesen said the difficulty in agreeing on TennCare has put a damper on expectations for Cover Tennessee.

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