Coverage Matters.

TENNESSEANS MATTER.

 

 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.

Giving Children Back Their Voices

June 16, 2017

The Foy family has two young boys who both have special needs. Medicaid has given them the ability to go to the therapy they need. It continues to insure that these boys will develop to their fullest potential.

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Margaret Perry

May 30, 2017

Margaret is almost 70 years old but because of Tenncare, she feels healthy enough to get back to work. She has aspirations to get back into sales and to start a tutoring program at a local church.

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James Nixon

May 26, 2017

James had an aneurysm in his brain that led to a stroke and Parkinson’s Syndrome symptoms. Without CHOICES, it would be impossible to afford the in-home care he needs.

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Emma Pipkin

May 26, 2017

Emma has had to take care of her paralyzed mother for as long as she can remember. The stress that has put on her has resulted in her own conditions. Tenncare makes it possible for her to get the care she needs so that she can succeed in school and help her mother at home.

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Lucy Howell

May 26, 2017

Even though Lucy has worked her whole life, she isn’t given access to health coverage because of Tennessee’s decision not to expand medicaid. With her heart problem, she could die without treatment.

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Joe Temple

May 24, 2017

Joe suffers from bipolar disorder, heart disease, and strokes. With only 30% of his heart function left, Medicaid ensures that he can have the life saving care that he needs.

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Venice Turner

May 22, 2017

Venice relies on CHOICES to get the services that she needs to live with her genetic condition that has disabled her. Taking away funding for Medicaid will force her out of her own house and into an expensive nursing home.

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Carla Laws

May 22, 2017

Carla is 73 years old and worked for Boeing for years. She started having strokes when she got older, but because of CHOICES she is still able to live at home instead of in a nursing home.

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Emma Gammon

May 19, 2017

Emma has worked her entire life. Now that she is getting older, her health has been declining. If it weren’t for TennCare, she wouldn’t be doing as well as she is now.

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