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CoverTN To End Because Of Affordable Care Act

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by Adam Ghassemi

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Randall Gordon runs a CPA firm from home and is used to figuring out complicated problems for his clients, but a letter he just received from the state presents something he doesn't know how to solve.

"CoverTN will not be available starting January, 1st 2014," he read Friday.

In 2006, then-Governor Phil Bredesen signed CoverTennessee into law giving thousands of people not purged off TennCare access to some type of health care. It not only helped small business owners, but also struggling families and children.

Fast forward to today the state says the looming Affordable Care Act means the program has to go away because it doesn't meet new federal guidelines that begin January 1st.

16,000 Tennesseans are currently enrolled.

For Gordon, who suffers from chronic back and neck problems, it means worrying about how affordable anything else will be.

"I guess that all of us have is what is it going to cost us?" he said.

So, for him and thousands of others across the state the clock is running as he hopes to find new insurance before the first of the year or risk what it would be like going without.

"So there is a scare factor there. An unknown factor," Gordon went on to say.

People who are currently with CoverTennessee can either enroll in something with their employer, or get health insurance through the coming federal Health Insurance Marketplace, but right now the cost isn't clear.

Next year, people who choose to go without health insurance could face a penalty come tax time.

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