State Launches Health Plan For Lower-Income Children

Nashville (AP) -- Governor Bredesen handed out the first enrollment card into the state's new health insurance program for children from lower-income families on Monday.

One of the goals of the program called CoverKids is to make it as easy to enroll as it is to sign up for a library card.

Bredesen said the challenge will be in creating awareness about the plan among families not accustomed to receiving state services.

The CoverKids plan is Tennessee's version of the state children's health insurance program, which uses state and federal money to insure children from families who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid, but cannot afford private health insurance.

Bredesen said a family of four that earns less than $51,625 a year is eligible for the program.

There are no monthly premiums, but families above the income limit will be allowed to buy into the program.

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