Coverage Matters.



 For over 50 years, public health programs have been a bedrock for our nation's health care coverage. In Tennessee, half of both our seniors and our nursing home residents are covered by TennCare.

But that coverage, and more, is at risk. 


The stories below feature Tennesseans who have benefited from coverage. Now more than ever, it's important for Tennesseans to tell their stories.

The fight of our lives

August 17, 2017

The Taylor family did not know the difficulties of fighting for health care until their youngest son, Matthew, was born. He was born with a congenital heart defect, and then, when he was in second grade, he was diagnosed with brain cancer.

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Never underestimate a mother’s love

August 10, 2017

Felicia Burk has 7 kids and 11 grandkids. 3 of them have autism. She endlessly fights for their health coverage, so her kids can reach their fullest potential.

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No one deserves to be left in the gap

August 9, 2017

Christopher Leap is a full-time student, and he has a part-time job. At 14, he was diagnosed with serious health issues Medicaid helped him get better but he continues to need medical assistance to be successful; however, he is now caught in the coverage gap.

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I don’t know what I would’ve done without the ACA

August 8, 2017

The ACA allowed Emily to figure out what was causing her to feel so sick. If it weren’t for the insurance she received through the marketplace, she might not have ever been able to receive an accurate diagnosis and get the care she needed to feel better and continue to follow her passions.

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Children with Disabilities Need Coverage

August 7, 2017

While Beth Warren and her family are covered through a private plan, their insurance does not cover the expensive therapy that their young, autistic son needs. TennCare would cover these necessary services, but unfortunately, their family does not qualify.

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Will our representatives abandon my child?

August 4, 2017

My youngest son is high on the Autism spectrum. He also has serious medical issues. He will have to live with me for the rest of his life, and Medicaid is the only way to make this possible.

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Medicaid Gives my Baby a Home

August 2, 2017

Kinley relies on TennCare to stay healthy and at home with his mom. His mom fights for his care every single day. It is scary to think about where Kinley would be without his courageous mother and Medicaid.

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My Hero Doesn’t Wear a Cape

July 8, 2017

Despite a great number of serious medical problems, Tucker fights every day to be the best person he can. With the assistance of Medicaid, he is able to live independently and even work and take classes. If Medicaid cuts are made, he will likely be forced to live in a group home without any opportunities.

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Our Bones are Pre-Existing Conditions

July 3, 2017

Leah has watched her son recover for more than ten years after a terrible car accident. Even after multiple surgeries to keep his skull together, he will continue to need more treatment. If the newest health bill is passed, he may not have a chance to get that treatment.

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