CHILDREN’S HEALTH

Tennessee’s children do better with comprehensive healthcare

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CHILDREN’S HEALTH

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

RESOURCES

2022

 

Apr – Best & Worst TN Counties

Mar – Millions of Children May Lose Medicaid: What Can Be Done to Help

Feb – Declines in WIC, SNAP, TANF Participation, Hardships Remain

Jan – State of the Child 2021: Tennessee

2021

Dec – Families Need Access to Basic Needs

Nov – Children’s Mental Health is in Crisis

Oct – Happy Child Health Month!

Sept – Build Back Better for the Children

Aug – Block Grant Comment Period Open

Jul – Make CHIP Permanent

Jun – Health Disparities: High Uninsured Rates for Latino Children

May – TennCare Postpartum Coverage Extension/2021 State of Babies Yearbook

Apr – State of America 2021 Children’s Report

Mar – The American Rescue Plan & What’s In It for Kids?

Feb – Katie Beckett Program Update

Jan – Child Well-being Rankings

2020

Dec – Impact of COVID-19 on Children’s Health in Tennessee

Nov – Ensuring Children with Disabilities Get Vital Services 

Oct – 38% Increase in Uninsured Kids

Sept – CoverKids to move to TennCare MCOs

Aug – TennCare enrollment slow, CoverKids declining

Jul – Health Disparities in Tennessee

Jun – Postpartum Coverage

May – Health Equity

Apr – Enrollment Assistance and Increasing Access to Healthcare 

Mar – COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Feb – Policy Solutions to Address Infant and Maternal Mortality

Jan – ACA Ruling Leaves Law’s Future in Jeopardy

2019

Dec – Medicaid Block Grant Federal Comment Period Open

Nov – TennCare Hopes to Expand Postpartum Coverage

Oct – 83,000 Tennessee Children are Uninsured

Sept – New Census Data Shows TN Falling Behind

Aug – New TJC Policy Brief Explains Children’s Coverage Losses

Jul – At Least 220,000 Kids Lost TennCare Because of Red Tape

Jun –  Proposed Changes to the Federal Poverty Measure

May – Katie Beckett Waiver Passed

Apr – Promoting Children’s Health in Tennessee

Mar – Medicaid Block Grants

Feb – The Economic Cost of Adverse Childhood Experiences in Tennessee

Jan – Stop the Addition of Work Reporting Requirements

2018

Dec – Submitting Your Federal Comments

Nov – We Need the Katie Beckett Wavier

Oct –Policies Impacting Tennessee

Sept – Healthy Kids are Better Learners

Aug – A New Threat to Immigrant Families

Jul – Promoting Health Equity

Jun – Children Need Essential Health Coverage

May – Keeping the Core Focus of the Farm Bill

Apr – Mothers: Speaking Up for Themselves and Their Children

Mar – There’s Peace of Mind Knowing Your Kids Are Covered

Feb – Insure Our Kids Campaign

Jan – TennCare Redetermination

2017

Dec – Giving Back to Tennessee’s Children

Nov – Premature Births on the Rise in Tennessee

Nov – The Champion Act

Oct – Funding Critical Health Subsidies

Oct – Vital Programs Need Reauthorization

Sept – Rejecting the Graham-Cassidy Bill

Sept – Educating Ourselves and Our Communities

Aug – The Importance of the Reauthorization of CHIP

Aug – Health Coverage Helps Kids Excel in School

Jul – Get Involved in Improving Our Health Care System

Jul – The Impact of the Better Care Reconciliation Act

Jun – Let Us, Help You!

Jun – Children’s Health Facts

Addressing the Black Maternal Health Crisis

Public Charge, Protected Areas, and Safety Nets Webinar

Ins and Outs of Katie Beckett Webinar

Clearing the Air About Public Change Webinar

Back to School Info Session

Addressing Child Mental Health Webinar

2020 Katie Beckett Webinar

May 2017 Webinar Series

Webinar I: Medicaid/TennCare

Webinar II:  CHIP/CoverKids

Webinar III: SNAP

Webinar IV: Federal Threats to Children’s Health Coverage

Breaking the Cycle: How Tennessee’s Health Crises Relate to Adverse Childhood Experiences – Children’s Health Intern Rashmi Bharadwaj, November 2020

Rooted in Racism: An Analysis of Health Disparities in Tennessee – Senior Director of Health Policy and Advocacy Kinika Young, July 2020

How Tennessee Became an Outlier in the Rising Number of Uninsured Children and What Must Happen to Reverse the Trend – Staff Attorney Chris Coleman, July 2019

Work Reporting Requirement for Tennessee Parents Would Harm Low-Income Families with Children – Georgetown University Center for Children and Families and the Tennessee Justice Center, January 2019

Why are Tennessee moms and babies dying at such a high rate? – Children’s Health Intern Anna Lummus & Health Policy Associate Anna Walton, September 2018

Trump Administration’s New Policy on Unemployed Workers – Staff Attorney Chris Coleman, January 2018

Medicaid’s Important Role to Curb Opioid Abuse: An Underutilized Tool in Tennessee – Director of Children’s Health Kinika Young, October 2017

The Importance of CHIP Reauthorization – King Child Health Fellow De Vann Sago, September 2017

The American Health Care Act is a Bad Deal for Tennessee – Staff Attorney Chris Coleman, May 2017

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ACT NOW

Make Sure Support for Kids Stays for Good!

With child poverty rates in Tennessee continuing to rank us near the bottom nationally, support for families with children will be critical moving forward. Congress has the power to make CHIP, Medicaid postpartum coverage for a full year, and the increased Child Tax Credit permanent.
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CHILDREN’S HEALTH VIDEOS

TJC’s Michele Johnson and Anna Walton and Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ Joan Alker discuss the importance of health coverage for children.

Lawyer Kinika Young left her job as a partner at Bass, Berry & Sims to work as the Director of Children’s Health at Tennessee Justice Center.

TJC’s Michele Johnson shares what inspired her to devote her career to fighting for children. 

Thousands of Tennessee children have lost health insurance. Many parents don’t know.

Please call 1-877-608-1009 if your child has lost their coverage. Almost every child is eligible for free or low-cost health insurance through TennCare or CoverKids.

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OUR PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES 

How to get health insurance for my child in Tennessee

How can I help children get health insurance in Tennessee?

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 and read Director of Children’s Health Kinika Young’s blog in the Nashville Medical News. If you would like to sign up for training or if your organization is interested in becoming a partner, please contact a member of our team. 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 from all 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.

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 and read Director of Children’s Health Kinika Young’s blog in the Nashville Medical News. If you would like to sign up for training or if your organization is interested in becoming a partner, please contact a member of our team. 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 from all 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.

CHILDREN’S CHAT

Children’s Chat is a quarterly policy blog focused on children’s health issues led by Kinika Young. For more policy updates, you can sign up for other TJC newsletters here or join our Facebook community for regular conversations around these issues. Click here to access the children’s chat archive. 

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