Tenn.'s New Prescription Drug Program Full, Suspends Enrollment

Nashville (AP) -- State officials say Tennessee's new prescription drug program has reached its capacity for enrollment.

Nearly 21,000 people had signed up by February eighth, leading officials with the Cover Rx program to suspend enrollment. The program offers state-subsidized drug coverage for people without insurance.

About 2500 pending applications have been frozen, with about 1,000 new applications arriving each week. When enrollment is reopened, officials will evaluate the applications in the order they were received.

Cover Rx, part of Governor Bredesen's sweeping Cover Tennessee program, was designed to cover between 25,000 and 50,000 people.

Program Director Kendra Gipson says the state wants to be sure the program has enough money before admitting more people.

The state has budgeted nearly $12 million for Cover Rx in the current budget year that ends in June.

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