As health exchanges begin, some state programs end

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- As the Affordable Care Act's health exchanges come online, some of Tennessee's state-sponsored insurance programs are shutting down or limiting enrollment.

The Tennessean reports that more than 28,000 residents enrolled in programs like CoverKids, CoverTN, AccessTN and CoverRX will be affected.

The 16,000 people enrolled in CoverTN have already been notified it will end Dec. 31. Many families also have received notice they will no longer be able to buy into CoverKids.

And letters are going out this week to people covered by AccessTN and CoverRX.

Beginning on Tuesday, people losing coverage will be able to shop for new policies through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The exchange offers subsidies toward lowering premium costs, but some people may not qualify for the subsidies.


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