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Services at heath departments soon to expand

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - By January Third, 39 county health departments will have expanded health services.

That move is designed to provide basic medical care for some of the 191-thousand people being cut from TennCare as part of the state's Safety Net program.

Expanded services will include treatment for acute and chronic illnesses, basic lab services and a limited pharmacy. Patients will be charged on a sliding fee scale based on their income. Everyone will have to pay a minimum five dollars per visit.

Services are open to all Tennesseans regardless of whether they have been on TennCare.

Six more county health departments will offer the services by mid-2006.

- Counties already offering expanded services: Anderson, Carter, Cheatham, Greene, Hawkins, Putnam, Roane, Washington.

- Counties offering expanded services by January Third: Bedford, Bradley, Carroll, Cumberland, DeKalb, Dickson, Dyer, Fentress, Gibson, Grundy, Hamblen, Henderson, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Macon, McNairy, Meigs, Monroe, Montgomery, Overton, Robertson, Rutherford, Sequatchie, Smith, Stewart, Sumner, Sevier, Tipton, Warren, Weakley, Williamson, Wilson.

- Counties offering expanded services by July 2006: Blount, Crockett, Fayette, Henry, Humphreys, Obion

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