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Federal government will not allow CoverTN to continue

Published: 6:25 AM, 12/03/2013

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

Federal officials have informed the state that they will not extend the necessary waiver to allow the CoverTN program to continue beyond Dec. 31, 2013.Due to reported difficulties accessing insurance on the federal Marketplace, the state identified the state dollars needed to fund an extension in coverage and asked federal officials if they would grant a waiver, which would allow the CoverTN program to continue to provide coverage to members until April 30, 2014. This would have allowed members to maintain current coverage for 30 days following the end of the Marketplace open enrollment period.  However, federal officials informed the state that no waivers would be granted. A waiver would be required for programs that have annual limits to continue to operate after Jan. 1, 2014. CoverTN is a limited benefit program that has a $25,000 annual limit.  Members were notified in September that their coverage would be ending Dec. 31, 2013 due to new federal regulations and that they should seek coverage through the federal Marketplace. 

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