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CHILDREN'S 
HEALTH

We have a directory of resources with information about eligibility for various public programs, food assistance, and more. 

TJC IS A STRONG, INDEPENDENT VOICE FOR CHILDREN.

We help individuals and advocate for all Tennessee children through education, advocacy, and public policy. We educate the public and policymakers about the importance of vital children’s healthcare programs, such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the need to preserve, protect and improve these programs to better meet the needs of children and families in Tennessee. Failing to preserve these programs would adversely impact children and the healthcare infrastructure overall. We educate community partners and advocates through in-person and virtual trainings, education materials, and our monthly newsletter. Please visit our Resources section to find information that could be helpful to you.

We represent individual clients, including children and families, who need assistance to appeal a denial of medical services or enrollment under TennCare (Medicaid), CoverKids (CHIP), CHOICES, ECF CHOICES, and Katie Beckett.

For help with children’s coverage issues, please visit our Need Help page, or call 615-255-0331 if you or someone you know needs our services.

For information on Redetermination, visit our TennCare Renewals page. 

OUR PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES

INSURE OUR KIDS

We are on a mission to enroll every eligible child in Tennessee in Medicaid and CHIP. These programs are instrumental in providing health insurance coverage to children in low- and middle-income families so that they can have a healthy start. Almost every uninsured child is eligible for Medicaid or CHIP, and they often need help with the application process. By partnering with other organizations, we are training volunteers and professionals who encounter uninsured children to help them enroll.

For more information about this campaign, visit insureourkids.org. If you would like to sign up for training or if your organization is interested in becoming a partner, please contact Outreach Coordinator Shana Watkins at swatkins@tnjustice.org. With your help, we can bring the number of uninsured children in Tennessee to ZERO!

IMPROVING HEALTH OUTCOMES

TJC is committed to improving health outcomes for people of all races, ethnicities, gender, and sexes including sexuality across the state. Systemic discrimination has a longstanding history in national and state policies that negatively impact health outcomes for rural Tennesseans and marginalized groups. Our health equity work seeks to eliminate barriers to access by presenting research and policy solutions.

 

For regularly updated resources and information on health equity issues as well as a breakdown of the history of structural racism in Tennessee’s healthcare system, visit our Health Equity page.

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OUR PARTNERS

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