4,200 Apply For Prescription Drug Plan Targeting Uninsured, Poor

Nashville (AP) -- State officials say about 4,200 people applied for a new public prescription drug plan on the first day of enrollment.

Sign-up began Tuesday for Cover-Rx, which will provide prescription drug coverage to people who don't have insurance or whose insurance plan doesn't cover prescription drugs.

Cover Rx is part of Governor Bredesen's multipronged health initiative called Cover Tennessee, which also includes three health insurance plans that cover children, workers at some small businesses and those with pre-existing medical conditions. Those programs are slated to begin later this year.

Cover Rx is expected to cost the state $45 million over three years if an anticipated 25,000 to 50,000 people sign up.

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