The TN legislature has thus far refused to close the coverage gap and adjourned for the year in early May. The legislative inaction left 280,000 Tennesseans without federally funded healthcare.
By refusing to close the coverage gap, state lawmakers have sent $1 billion per year of Tennesseans’ federal tax dollars to other states that was earmarked by Congress to provide coverage for Tennesseans. The legislature’s actions have increased premiums for private insurance and destabilized the insurance Marketplace. As a result, insurance providers pull out of the Marketplace (such as Humana in East Tennessee), and leave Tennesseans who receive insurance through the Marketplace questioning if their health coverage is at risk.
Closing the coverage would have provided hard-working Tennesseans with health insurance, funded hospitals and clinics that all Tennesseans rely no, and created jobs. Unfortunately, the legislature’s ongoing failure to allow its constituents to access the care they need is sabotaging the health care system for all Tennesseans.