By Andy Sher
NASHVILLE —; Gov. Phil Bredesen today recommended increasing spending for a premium assistance plan that would help poorer, chronically ill Tennesseans participate in a proposed high-risk insurance pool.
The high-risk pool is included in Gov. Bredesen’s proposed Cover Tennessee program.
The estimated $5 million to $8 million for the high-risk pool would come from savings generated by eliminating a major component of Cover Tennessee’s diabetes initiative, Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz said.
“We have abandoned plans for the diabetes (clinics) right now,” Mr. Goetz said. “There were too many questions about it. If we can rework it, we may bring it back next year.”
Senate Finance Committee members stripped out the clinics on Tuesday.
Mr. Goetz said the expanded premium assistance program for the high-risk pool, which is in Cover Tennessee’s AccessTN component, could help up to 5,000 more people that the 5,000 to 10,000 originally envisioned.
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