Advocates for Families in Need


211 7th Avenue N, Ste. 100

Nashville, TN 37219

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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                        

Michele Johnson, Executive Director of Tennessee Justice Center, said the following in response to the CARE Plan released yesterday by members of the Tennessee House of Representatives:

“We are glad our legislators finally heard that healthcare is the number one priority in our state. We want to see the issues we talk about around the kitchen table actually addressed by our legislators.

It’s not clear what their proposal actually does, except for the progress for the small number of families that need the Katie Beckett waiver to help them receive care despite their financial status. The legislators should focus on specific policies to address the healthcare crises in Tennessee. 300,000 working Tennesseans are uninsured and hospital closures are gutting rural economies. They use a lot of hot-button words, but we want to see them roll up their sleeves and provide real solutions.”