CoverKids enrollment ending in a few weeks

Monday, October 12, 2009 at 11:53pm

Officials running a state children’s health insurance program said late Monday they will stop accepting new enrollment applications Nov. 30, saying the two-year-old program is close to hitting its financial ceiling.

“We said we would always operate within our financial means,” said Bob Duncan, who oversees CoverKids as director of the Governor’s Office of Children’s Care Coordination. “We’ve come to a point where our budget fully supports current membership.”

CoverKids, one of the three programs under the Cover Tennessee umbrella, has nearly 42,000 children on its rolls. Their enrollment status won’t change if they continue to meet eligibility requirements for the program, which is funded with federal and state dollars.

Duncan indicated his team will again accept application in the future as children move out of the plan as they get older or find other insurance coverage. For now, though, it’s time to tighten the belt.

“CoverKids received no increase in its appropriation for this fiscal year, which requires even more responsible management, especially when it comes to enrollment,” Duncan said.

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