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.
Aaron has had special needs his entire life. He is the center of his mother’s world but since turning 21, his home care benefits have been removed. Even though it would be cheaper to keep him at home, the rules don’t allow it. Cutting Medicaid is the wrong direction to go. Instead, it should be fixed and expanded.Read More
Sam Shirley has a heart condition and bipolar disorder, but as long as he is able to get his medicine, he spends his time helping elderly neighbors, walking, and making sure that his parents are taken care of. The defunding of Medicaid would be disastrous for him and his family.Read More
Tim Smith had a disease that made it extremely difficult to eat enough without the help of a specific drug. Since it wasn’t covered for his particular condition, Joyce and Tim had to make tremendous sacrifices to get it. Their story is testament to the fact that Medicaid is already cut too thin.Read More
Kelly couldn’t afford preventative care because of her inability to find insurance, and the result was the development of terminal cancer. Medicaid has helped her fight to extend her life and now she fights to change the system that prevented her from catching the cancer earlier.Read More
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