Officials expect more people directed to TennCare

Officials expect more people directed to TennCare

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Associated Press

NASHVILLE (AP) - While the number of people in Tennessee buying health insurance through new exchanges has been slow, state officials say the number of people being directed to the state's expanded Medicaid program is more than they expected.

The online insurance marketplaces and the Medicaid expansions are part of President Barack Obama's health care law. So far, about 1,000 people have purchased health insurance.

Officials had projected that the exchanges would identify nearly 47,000 people who are eligible but not enrolled in TennCare.

But TennCare Director Darin Gordon told Gov. Bill Haslam during a budget hearing on Monday that figure will more likely be about 52,000 for fiscal year 2015.

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