Bredesen signs Cover Tennessee legislation for uninsured workers

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Governor Bredesen today signed his Cover Tennessee legislation --- a health care plan to cover some of the more than 600,000 Tennessee workers who are uninsured.

Bredesen held the ceremonial signing at Plumgood Food, a small online organic and natural food grocery store in Nashville that's interested in participating in the health plan the governor proposed.

Bredesen made Cover Tennessee his top priority this session and the General Assembly passed the legislation with minor changes.

The Cover Tennessee plan is optional and offers low-income workers a chance to buy basic subsidized health insurance, giving employers an option to help pay part of the premium.

The average monthly premium will be $150 for basic insurance under the plan.

The state will pay $50, employers will have the option to contribute another $50 and employees pay the rest.

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