COVID-19 UPDATE

If you need assistance during this time, visit our directory of resources for information about eligibility for various public programs, food assistance, and more. Click here.

The COVID-19 pandemic must be taken seriously to ensure the future health of our state. If our leaders fail to put good policies into place, COVID-19 will harm our state’s economy.

The Tennessee Justice Center is taking precautions to ensure that we can continue to serve our clients and provide necessary support in the wake of the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Our team is working remotely, but all operations will continue as normal, including with our individual case work.

If we are working with you on a case, we are here for you. We are standing alongside partner organizations near and far to help in this stressful time.

Please continue to call us toll-free at 1-877-608-1009.

As public health restrictions become more prevalent, we are actively calling for informed policies that will consider all Tennesseans – including those that are uninsured, can’t afford childcare, and can’t afford to not go to work without paid sick leave. We have been standing up for low-income Tennesseans for over 20 years, and we are not about to stop now.

Families and businesses should not have to choose between health and financial security. Our leaders must act now to prepare and to protect Tennessee’s future.

IMPORTANT UPDATES FROM TJC

Out of respect for CDC guidelines and with the safety of everyone in mind (especially those who are most vulnerable), TJC will not be having our annual Mother’s Day Luncheon on April 28th.

Amy Davis

This decision is challenging for us. We appreciate all of you who have already supported this year’s campaign through your donations, ticket purchases, and sponsorships. Please email us to let us know if you would like your registration fees to be converted into a 100% tax-deductible donation, or if you would prefer to be issued a refund.

This event is also such a source of inspiration to the community and to us. The TJC story is a continuing story of resilience, and the origin story of our Mother’s Day celebration is one of compassion. In the face of so much uncertainty and at a time when we as a society need stories of both right now, we will continue to find ways (some traditional and some creative) to recognize resilience and compassion during this upcoming Mother’s Day season.

We will be working over the next weeks to come up with a “plan B” for the celebration of our Hall of Fame honorees, and more details will follow. Please know that we also still intend to begin celebrating our Mothers of the Year next month and participate as a recipient nonprofit in Middle TN’s online giving day, The Big Payback, on May 6.

Visit our Mother’s Day Luncheon page for more updates and information about this event.

CONGRESS PASSES FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT

This bill is a great first step to assist American families during this crisis. Paid sick leave, increased federal matching rate for Medicaid, and more are included in this aid package.

LEARN MORE

Read more about the bill HERE.

TENNCARE PAUSES REDETERMINATIONS FOR CHOICES

With the support of the Tennessee Healthcare Association, Tennessee Disability Coalition and Council on Aging of Middle TN, TJC penned a letter to TennCare requesting a temporary pause for CHOICES redeterminations in the wake of COVID-19 in accordance with CMS guidelines.

READ THE LETTER FROM TENNCARE

TennCare has decided to temporarily stop CHOICES redeterminations. Read the letter HERE.

TAKE ACTION

With over 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, Tennesseans are concerned about the health of themselves, their families and their neighbors. At the same time, thousands of people are dealing with the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes that struck Middle Tennessee on March 3rd. During these crises, Tennesseans should not have to worry about losing their healthcare coverage.

Source: Brett Kelman

Without health coverage, families would have a difficult time complying with public health recommendations and getting medical care if needed. Also, having continuous coverage is important for people who have chronic conditions to maintain their health and avoid hospitalizations, preserving hospital resources for the pandemic. Our leaders must act now to protect all Tennesseans and ensure access to healthcare.

This pandemic has exposed many of the cracks in our health safety net. We need long-term solutions that get people insured and ensure that they stay covered.

In the last decade, 13 hospitals have closed in Tennessee. Our state has the highest number of hospital closures per capita, and the fate of many rural hospitals hangs in the balance. The cancellation of elective procedures and the cost of preparation for the peak of this pandemic could put many struggling hospitals over the edge. This puts Tennesseans living in growing healthcare deserts at higher risk of difficulty accessing treatment for COVID-19.

Right now, 14 counties that have no hospital (Chester, Clay, Cocke, Fayette, Fentress, Grainger, Grundy, Haywood, Lewis, McNairy, Meigs, Morgan, Sequatchie and Union) have confirmed cases of COVID-19. Four of those counties also lost their hospital in the last decade (Clay, Fentress, Haywood and McNairy).

SAVE RURAL HOSPITALS. CLOSE THE HEALTHCARE COVERAGE GAP.

Medicaid expansion would provide health insurance to 300,000 (and growing) Tennesseans, affording them financial security and access to necessary healthcare including emergency COVID-19 testing and treatment.
Tweet Bill Lee

SUPPORT CAREGIVERS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Take action and support caregivers by modifying the HCBS TennCare programs. Caregivers of vulnerable populations deserve our support as they continue their vital work.
EMAIL STATE LEADERS

EXPAND MEDICAID

Medicaid expansion is currently the only comprehensive plan that could mitigate the harm of this pandemic and address our urgent healthcare needs.
Email State Leaders

WITHDRAW TN'S BLOCK GRANT PROPOSAL

A block grant would not provide the flexibility and efficiency in funding that we need to successfully respond to a pandemic.
Call Gov. Lee

RESOURCES

The TN Dept. of Health has a comprehensive list of cases listed by county and age, instructions about how to take precautions as a individual, resources for healthcare professionals, and more here.

Call the COVID-19 Public Information Numbers: 833-556-2476 and 877-857-2945 Available 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. CDT daily.

Find information about the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in your county with this map. Click here.

For daily updates from state officials regarding Tennessee’s coronavirus outbreak, visit TN.gov’s daily bulletin here.

Metro Nashville Services updates and announcements are listed here.

Gov. Bill Lee announced Executive Order 22, encouraging Tennesseans to stay home unless performing essential business and closing all non-essential businesses. Read the Executive Order here.

Nashville Mayor Cooper announces Safer at Home Order, encouraging residents to stay home if they are not performing essential activities. Learn more here.

The IRS has pushed back the tax filing deadline to July 15. If you’re due a refund, you can still file now and get your money sooner. Click here for more info.

Schools are closed, but school meals are still available in many areas of the state. See the map of school lunch pick-up locations here.

Metro Nashville Public Schools food delivery locations March 18, and information about where individuals under 18 can find free breakfast and lunch starting March 23 can be found on the MNPS website here.

Regularly updated list of various food resources for Memphis area can be found here.

Find the COVID-19 fact sheet for multi-generational families here.

Apply for emergency cash assistance available through TANF if you have recently lost employment or at least 50% of your income. Click here to learn more about eligibility and benefits. This application is only available online. If you do not have access to a scanner and need to scan documents, check online and app stores for additional document scanning options. Click here for the online emergency cash assistance application.

Due to WIC office closures, appointments will be conducted over the phone. Learn more here.

For information about applying for unemployment benefits, click here.

Tornado victims can register for FEMA Individual Assistance here.

“Pandemic Pals” is a program out of the Gallatin Chamber of Commerce that matches volunteers who are under 60, at low-risk and healthy with elders or others who are high-risk in our community who need to maintain social distancing as a result of the coronavirus. Volunteers can help with getting groceries, picking up prescriptions, and checking in every couple of days. Learn more here.

FiftyForward can also assist middle Tennesseans with food delivery, prescription assistance, case management and more for older adults in need of assistance. Call FiftyForward at 615.743.3416.

United Way of Greater Knoxville Covid-19 response resources can be found here.

United Way of Greater Nashville Covid-19 response resources can be found here.

United Way of West Tennessee Covid-19 response resources can be found here.

Tennessee Disability Pathfinder Disaster Relief and Coronavirus Resources can be found here.

Text “TN” to 741741 to reach the Crisis Text Line and to immediately be connected to a trained crisis counselor 24/7.  Click this link to learn about the Crisis Text Line.

Telephonic and Video Counseling sessions are now available through AGAPE. This includes 5 free sessions with Spanish speakers and any of their family members. To schedule a session, call AGAPE at 615-781-3000 and ask to speak with Jocelyne. 

The “My Health Care Home” website directs Middle Tennesseans to their nearest charitable clinic like Matthew Walker, Neighborhood Health, and Neighborhood Health.  It includes prescription discounts, screenings, and more information. Click here.

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is 800-273-8255.  You can also go to the website to use their online chat feature.

Click here for free, anonymous, evidence-based screenings for anxiety, depression, trauma, etc.  Parents can take a screening to determine if their children are showing symptoms of depression or anxiety.

MORE WAYS TO HELP

Consider donating to the United Way Community Response and Recovery Fund. More information here.