Health Care Exchange Opens in TN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennesseans can now sign up for health insurance under the federally run online marketplace.

The state’s average premiums in the exchange rank among the cheapest of the 36 states that have deferred to the federal government to run their exchanges.

Republican critics have argued that the insurance available under the exchanges is more expensive than some of the most basic coverage available on the market now.

A Nashville judge on Monday denied an effort by health care advocates to immediately block last-minute rules requiring background checks for people giving advice on navigating the health insurance exchange.

Gov. Bill Haslam opposes President Barack Obama’s health care law but has said he’s not trying to establish roadblocks to enrollment.

Open enrollment runs through March 31.