Here in Tennessee, there are 280,000 people who have no access to health care coverage. They live in the “coverage gap,” which means they do not fit into a category for TennCare (our Medicaid program), and they do not make enough money to get financial help to buy insurance on the Marketplace through Obamacare.
Every day, our neighbors in the gap are suffering. But we have the opportunity to change that, without adding a dime to the state budget.
Our legislators have the opportunity to approve a plan that would make sure that low-income, working Tennesseans have access to health care, that would help our rural hospitals be in a more financially secure position, and that would create jobs for Tennesseans. And they can do all of this by using tax dollars that we are already paying into the system, without using an extra dime from the state budget.
Without a plan to close the health care gap, 280,000 of our neighbors will suffer without access to health care coverage. Hospitals across the state will be at risk of closing or cutting their services, which could result in as many as 20,000 job losses. And the federal tax dollars that we are already paying for a program to close the gap will be kept in DC.
Governor Haslam crafted “Insure Tennessee” to fix this problem. However, our state legislature has failed to pass his plan. A task force has now put together the Three Star Healthy Pilot to close the coverage gap in 2018.
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