Governor says not enough people signing up for child healthcare program - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Governor says not enough people signing up for child healthcare program

In a visit to Memphis Thursday, Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen spoke about the state's "CoverKids" program.  The program, which provides healthcare for children, it touted as a very affordable health insurance plan, but according to Bredesen, not enough people are signing up for it.
Currently, in Tennessee there are nearly 127,000 children who have no health insurance.

"The vast majority of them qualify for free health insurance," Bredesen said. "They just have to ask."

Bredesen said CoverKids is for families who make too much money to qualify for TennCare.  A family of four, for example, would be eligible if their annual income was less than $51,000 per year.  But only an estimated 5,000 children have been enrolled.

"If your child does not have health insurance, the chances are very good that we've got free health insurance for you here, but you've got to fill out an application," Bredesen said.

The governor said there is enough money in the state's budget to insure all of Tennessee's uninsured children.  But they'll go without, unless parents start signing them up.

Families above the income limit who wish to purchase coverage for their child can "buy-in" to the program by paying monthly premiums, which average about $227 per month.

For more information about the program, click here.

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