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Every day we bear witness to the heartwarming and heartbreaking personal experiences our clients face.

We must lift up our neighbors who have no access to health insurance, have delayed care, or have crushing medical debt, as well as those who are thriving because of public programs like TennCare and CoverKids.

These are real-life examples of policy failures and the missed opportunities of our leaders, as well as the triumph of getting hard-fought access to life-saving care.

Our voices in harmony create a powerful force that can move hearts and minds. We believe at the core that Tennesseans must be heard and considered in decisions that greatly impact their lives. Their voices ring out clear, singing a song of empowerment, opportunity, and justice.

RESOURCE INDEX

general stories
black health matters
independence
nutrition
medicaid expansion
affordable care act
A.M.C. et al. v. Smith

general stories

Anonymous

TJC Story Blog October 2022 Anonymous One grandmother from Johnson city became the primary caregiver for her grandchildren when their mother was incarcerated. She is raising 4 grandchildren on her own and details the impact that

Damon Fair

TJC Story Blog July 2021 Damon Fair Damon Fair has lived in Knoxville, Tennessee, for most of his life. He is a type 1 diabetic and has end stage renal disease with hemodialysis. Due to his

Anonymous

TJC Story Blog July 2021 Anonymous “I am insured, and now so are my children," said a Tennessee mom. Her son has been unable to receive adequate dental treatment due to a "technical error" from DentaQuest

Anonymous

TJC Story Blog July 2021 Anonymous TJC spoke with a mother of two children who lives in Cosby, Tennessee. She has worked since she was 15 years old and had previously had health insurance through her

Andrea Riley

TJC Story Blog Apr 2021 Andrea Riley Andrea Riley is the mother of a 23-year-old son. Her son was diagnosed with high functioning autism when he was 19 years old. He also has ADHD, anxiety, and

black health matters

Alice Allen

TJC Story Blog Jul 2021 Alice Allen Ms. Alice Allen is a 63-year-old African American woman who has health insurance through a private plan. She shared that she has felt discriminated against while accessing healthcare based

Clarice Rankins

TJC Story Blog Jul 2021 Clarice Rankins Ms. Clarice Rankins is a 71-year-old African American woman who has Medicare and a supplemental plan. She shared that she has felt discriminated against while accessing healthcare based on

Patricia Watson

TJC Story Blog Jun 2021 Patricia Watson Ms. Watson, a 69-year-old Black woman, shared with TJC that she has felt discriminated against because of her race or ethnicity while accessing healthcare. Ms. Watson said, “I have

Anonymous

TJC Story Blog Apr 2021 Anonymous A 35 year old woman shared the following with TJC: “As a black woman, when in specialty care or the ER my pain is never taken seriously.

Anonymous

TJC Story Blog Apr 2021 Anonymous A 62 year old African American woman shared with TJC that she and family/friends have felt discriminated against based on their race or ethnicity while accessing healthcare.

Anonymous

TJC Story Blog Apr 2021 Anonymous A 65 year old African American woman shared the following with TJC: “As a person who has a chronic illness, I have had medical personnel question the

independence

Amy and Greg Wagner

TJC Story Blog July 2021 Amy & Greg Wagner Accessing health services in rural areas is hard. It has been especially hard for Amy and Greg Wagner of Canon County. Mrs. Amy Wagner

Christina Wolfe

TJC Story Blog May 2021 Christina Wolfe Christina Wolfe lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her 25-year-old daughter. Her daughter has some disabilities and has been enrolled in the ECF CHOICES program since 2016.

Kelly

TJC Story Blog Mar 2021 Kelly Kelly lives in Medina, Tennessee with her younger brother, John. Their parents passed away in 2019 and Kelly became John’s guardian. They were living in Illinois at

Sierra Clark

TJC Story Blog Feb 2021 Sierra Clark Sierra Clark lives in Millington, Tennessee with her husband and five children. She is a stay-at-home mother and her husband works. Sierra and her husband have

nutrition

Elizabeth Franklin

TJC Story Blog Sept 2021 Elizabeth Franklin As the primary caregiver for her four grandchildren, Mrs. Elizabeth Franklin knows the importance of nutrition programs like SNAP and Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT). Elizabeth’s grandchildren

Tabitha Dean

TJC Story Blog Aug 2021 Tabitha Dean Tabitha Dean is a mother of two from just outside Memphis, Tennessee. She is a hardworking mother who puts the needs of her children above her

medicaid expansion

Charles Lawrence

TJC Story Blog May 2021 Charles Lawrence My wife has been uninsured for almost 7 years now in Tennessee. The state may not realize, but disincentivization of life of a married couple dedicated

Clarence Black

TJC Story Blog May 2021 Clarence Black Clarence Black is a 50-year-old man living in Columbia, Tennessee. He has a lot of pain in his limbs and especially in his arms, likely from

Richard Shanker

TJC Story Blog Jan 2021 Richard Shanker Mr. Richard Shanker is 47 years old and lives in Milan, TN. He is diabetic and has been on insulin since he was 3 ½ years

Elisabeth Firestone

TJC Story Blog Nov 2020 Elisabeth Firestone I’m Elisabeth, a college-educated, professional musician who’s worked as a church Music Director for over 20 years. In 2014, shortly after I moved to TN and

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Jasmine Snell

TJC Story Blog Jan 2021 Jasmine Snell Jasmine aged out of the foster care system and had no health insurance. When the pandemic hit, she was suddenly unable to support herself as a

Irvin Family

TJC Story Blog Dec 2020 Irvin Family Our daughter, Sadie, was born 4 ½ weeks early and weighed 4lbs. 14 oz. Shortly after birth, doctors detected a heart murmur, a mild case of

Sage Snider

TJC Story Blog Nov 2020 Sage Snider I wrote this in July, 2017: "A letter to my family, friends, and fellow Tennesseans: As some of you know, I spent much of this year

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