These are the stories of real Tennesseans who have volunteered to share their health care experiences, struggles, and victories in hopes of improving our health care system for families like theirs.
Due to a rare genetic disorder, Adelaide needs constant specialized care. She has health insurance through her mother’s employer, but this does not cover the nursing services that she truly needs.
TennCare could provide the nursing services she needs, but Adelaide’s family makes too much money for her to get TennCare.
“We put money into the system, and we helped our community, but we are forgotten.”
Tammy worked for 30 years but can’t access health care because TN hasn’t expanded Medicaid. If Tammy could get covered, she could afford a prosthetic leg that would allow her to work and volunteer with veterans, like her father, living in her area.
Rachel is a full-time student at Trevecca and works part-time. After Rachel graduates college, she wants to work with special needs kids, helping them learn sign language.
Rachel is uninsured because she falls into the coverage gap. If the TN legislature had expanded Medicaid, people like Rachel wouldn’t have to sacrifice health coverage in order to further their education.