When people have access to health care coverage,
they do better.
That's a fact that's been proven over and over again. However, in the next few years, there will be attacks on these bi-partisan bedrocks of health coverage through attempts to pass block grants that will drastically cut our health care funding, as well as take away the protections that our residents currently have.
These changes will create upheaval in our health care system unlike any that we’ve seen in decades, and will affect TennCare, Medicare, the Marketplace, and every single person who has private insurance.
In the days to come, we must make sure that the millions individuals and families in Tennessee who benefit from programs that are at risk do not lose their coverage. We will stand with our clients for affordable, quality health care, and we invite you to join us by taking action. Our health is at stake.
Upcoming threats to Medicaid
The National Association of [State] Medicaid Directors, a majority of whom work for Republican Governors, issued a statement in December that warns:
Medicaid’s role in the health care system must be understood and appreciated to prevent serious unintended consequences for the oldest, frailest and most medically complex Americans. Therefore, any substantive changes to Medicaid’s financing structure must be done in close consideration of the complex and interconnected web of statutory and regulatory requirements. Failure to do so could expose states to the greatest inter-governmental transfer of financial risk in the country’s history.
Who would be affected by changes?
The stories below are people whose health insurance is at risk in the coming years. The changes that may be coming not only put them at risk, but damage their families and their communities as well. Do you have a story to tell? Click here to share it.
After decades of frequent kidney stones, Jodi became very sick and was diagnosed with medullary sponge disease. She has had a very successful career in emergency mental health but now that she has stopped working due to her illness, she relies on Obamacare to stay covered. Without it, she would die.Read More
Kathryn is a mother of four children, two with special health care needs. Even though they have always diligently paid for their insurance, the Corley family was denied coverage for essential services. The Affordable Care Act made it illegal for insurance companies to continue denying life-saving care to Kathryn’s children.Read More
Dede is an architectural illustrator, small business owner, and mother of two kids. The Affordable Care Act has made her business insurance options diverse, allowed her children to stay on her insurance until 26, and given her preventative coverage for cancer screenings, among other things.Read More
Kathy is a Vanderbilt alumnus working as a mental health therapist. She lost her heath insurance in 2013 because it was too expensive and, as a result, developed cancer. After she got insurance through the federal marketplace, she was able to get life-saving surgery to remove her cancer.Read More
Marlene is a writer and former nurse who has benefited tremendously from the Affordable Care Act. She tried to retire from nursing and transition to being a writer from home but wasn’t able to get insurance. The ACA made it possible for her to retire and still remain covered.Read More
Martha has worked hard for her entire life. After losing her job, she couldn’t afford to pay for medical expenses and ended up sick in the hospital. Now that the Affordable Care Act is around, she has gotten back on her feet and is healthy again. Repealing the ACA is a matter of life and death for people like her.Read More
John is a musician who has lived through a host of different health problems. Before the Affordable Care Act, he accumulated debt from an accident. However, after getting covered he was able to get treatment for kidney cancer and because of that he is now in remission. John has experienced life before and after the ACA and knows how much better things are because of it.Read More
Brynda has always dreamed of starting her own psychology clinic and because of the Affordable Care Act, that dream has come true. The ability to get affordable and quality insurance means that Brynda has been able to help hundreds of patients. If the ACA is taken away, all of those patients will be at risk.Read More
Deborah lost her brother, Gary, in a tragic car accident back in 2003. Until the Affordable Care Act, Gary’s wife struggled with bad hips that disabled her. Having coverage through the federal marketplace made it possible to get her hips fixed so that she could live her life and raise her three children the way she wants to.Read More
Nina is a breast cancer survivor who started a nonprofit for other breast cancer survivors. She is scared of what the repeal of the Affordable Care Act will mean for herself and the women that she works with. She doesn’t want anyone, especially people with cancer, to fear that their insurance will disappear.Read More
Joyce used to pay for medical bills out of pocket because insurance was so expensive. When her family got insurance through her husband’s employer, she realized the importance of coverage. The Affordable Care Act became the foundation for affordable insurance and peace of mind when she moved to Tennessee.Read More
Amber recently graduated from the University of Tennessee at Martin with degrees in political science and legal studies. If the ACA were to be dismantled, the cost of treating her neurological disease would mean that her dream of going to law school would not come to fruition.Read More
Madelyn Cousin works full-time as well as volunteering with First Things First. She suffers from diabetes and cancer but thanks to the Affordable Care Act she has been able to get the treatment she needs. If it weren’t for the ACA, it would have been far too expensive to visit a doctor.Read More
Robin Pearman is 62 and soon to retire to take care of her aging father. She didn’t know how she was going to be able to afford health insurance, until she enrolled in the Obamacare Marketplace. “I was almost in tears when [I learned] how affordable the plan was,” Robin said. “I was tickled to death. I’m so very grateful.”Read More
Tim and Marjorie Riley depend on the help that the affordable care act provides them. Without it, Marjorie would not be able to treat her multiple sclerosis and their family would go bankrupt again. Having coverage means Tim and Marjorie are able to stay healthy and serve their community with their active volunteering.Read More
Jill Hodges and her husband, Stephen, live in rural East Tennessee. Both of them have needed emergency surgeries that would have cost them their farm had it not been for their marketplace insurance. The Affordable Care Act has not only saved their lives, but it has saved them their home.Read More