The TN legislature has thus far refused to close the coverage gap and will adjourn for the year by early May. The legislative inaction will leave 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, Humana will pull out of the market, leaving 40,000 Tennesseans in the greater Knoxville area with no insurance and another 190,000 Marketplace enrollees questioning if their health coverage is at risk. Finally, 13,000 jobs in the healthcare industry are at risk should more rural hospitals close.
The legislature’s ongoing failure to allow its constituents to access the care they need is sabotaging the health care system for all Tennesseans.