Call Gov. Lee and Lt. Gov. McNally and tell them to expand Medicaid in TN now!
Governor Bill Lee and Lt. Governor McNally have the responsibility to address the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with real, lasting support. Right now, there are 1.4 billion dollars of yearly federal tax dollars in Washington waiting for us to use in our state. If the TN legislature brought home these federal tax dollars by expanding Medicaid, it would allow our state to provide health insurance to 300,000 currently uninsured Tennesseans who fall in the gap, affording them financial security and access to necessary health care, including emergency COVID-19 testing and treatment. It’s easy to fall in the gap. In this crisis, many people are losing work, and that will mean more Tennesseans (and Tennessee kids) will be uninsured and looking for support. Each day that Gov. Lee delays expansion leads to more health inequity disproportionately affecting communities of color and rural communities who are already unjustly underserved. This has to stop.
Medicaid expansion will provide quality insurance, generate 15,000 new jobs, and keep our rural hospitals open. In this state of emergency, Governor Lee can expand Medicaid more easily than any other time.
Instructions on how use this tool:
Click the phone icon to make a call to Gov. Lee’s office. Follow the instructions on the call tool, and you’ll recieve a call from the tool operator connecting your to your legislators. After you call Gov. Lee’s office, you’ll be connected to Lt. Gov. McNally’s office after you press the star key (*).
We have lots of opportunities to get involved here at TJC! Visit our Action Center to see what you can do to encourage our state to solve our health needs and improve our safety net. Looking for other ways to contribute to our mission? You can also donate to TJC so that we can continue to do this work to improve our community for each and every person who’s a part of it.
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