Covering Kids' Health Needs

Health care coverage for children is a critical issue in Tennessee. In 2008, there were 158,759 uninsured children in the state. TennCare is the largest provider of health insurance to low-income children, covering 646,054 children in our state, 133,864 of whom live in Shelby County. CoverKids was introduced in March 2007 to expand insurance coverage to more Tennessee children. 32,069 children were enrolled in CoverKids as of February 2009 with 4,054 children enrolled in Shelby County.