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Free Health Insurance Available for Low Income School Children in Tennessee

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In an effort to provide affordable healthcare to Tennessee's young people, CoverKids is launching a back-to-school enrollment campaign. The comprehensive health insurance is available to uninsured children age 18 and under with household income below 250 percent of the federal poverty level.

Every child who attends a Tennessee public school will be given a CoverKids application in their back-to-school packet. "We are blanketing the state with applications, resources and volunteers," says Governor Phil Bredesen, "to make sure we do not miss any child who could possibly benefit from the CoverKids program."

Here's how CoverKids works: A family of four with a $51,625 annual income or less will qualify for the coverage with no monthly premiums. The family will pay only $5-$15 for doctors' visits when their children are sick, and as little as $5 for generic medications.

The plan does not require co-pays for vaccinations, routine well-exams, labs, or x-rays. Families above the income limit may pay premiums for the program. For more information, go to www.CoverTN.gov or call 1-866-COVERTN.

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