More Than 16,000 Now In CoverKids; Cover Tennessee Ready To Grow

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State officials say more than 16,000 Tennessee children have enrolled in the new health insurance program for lower-income families.

Also the state is preparing to offer coverage for more workers at small businesses.

The state this year revamped its approach to helping the uninsured get health coverage after scaling back TennCare, an expanded Medicaid program that once covered the poor, disabled and uninsured, to save money.

At the launch of CoverKids, Governor Bredesen estimated about 127,000 children in Tennessee had no health insurance. He told The Associated Press last week that's he's pleased with the growth but hopes to see more children on the rolls soon.

Under CoverTennessee, uninsured adults who work for businesses with at least 50 employees will be covered as well as individuals working at companies that do not provide health care insurance.

The plan currently covers adults for businesses that have no more than 25 workers.

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