NASHVILLE  (AP) - The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance says some patients are reporting that providers are not accepting their Community Health Alliance insurance.

The Tennessean reports ( the Knoxville-based co-op is shutting down and will no longer offer insurance plans after Dec. 31, but the insurer is expected to pay claims through the end of the year.

The Commerce and Insurance Department wants to hear from people with Community Health Alliance plans who have been denied services by doctors or hospitals.

Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak said in a statement, "It is unfair and unacceptable that CHA consumers would be denied access to services."

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