Tennessee to offer health coverage for unemployed

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen has announced that the state will now offer its Cover Tennessee health coverage program to unemployed and underemployed workers.

The new category is called Tennesseans Between Jobs, and it provides coverage to anyone who has worked at least one 20-hour week in the last six months and had an annual income below $43,000.

The coverage is also available to workers whose hours have been reduced to less than 20 hours a week over the last six months.

Participants will be responsible for paying two-thirds of the monthly premium. That share of the premium will average about $74 a month for nonsmokers who meet the target weight and are in their 30s.

But the monthly responsibility will jump to about $218 a month for overweight smokers in their 60s.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Spanky Location: Memphis on Sep 17, 2008 at 05:37 PM
    What are people suppose to do that has medical implant surgery that TN Care approved, and was dropped from TN Care WITHOUT notice,and cannot go to the doctor for monitoring.Cannot stop taking certain meds because of dangerous side effects that CAN CAUSE DEATH!!!! Has serious BRAIN and SPINAL conditions that cannot get help. Why is there so much money for other things and no money to help the millions of people that need health care coverage. CAN ANY ONE ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS, HONESTLY?
  • by YOYO on Sep 14, 2008 at 12:07 AM
    No work equals no pay which equals no medical insurance. DUHHHHHHH. Way to go Governor.


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