**BREAKING**

At least 128,000 Tennessee kids have had their health coverage DROPPED under Governor Bill Lee and Bill Haslam's Watch.

Tell Your State Legislators: Tennessee's kids need HEALTHCARE, end the careless mismanagement of TennCare and CoverKids that's ripping health coverage from children!

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Dr. Phelps on the ACA Lawsuit: “I’m Ringing the Alarm”

In response to today’s arguments in the U.S. Fifth Court of Appeals on the validity of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), challenged in the lawsuit Texas v. United States, Dr. Thomas Phelps, a retired family physician, issued the following response: “We’re getting closer to the possible repeal of the ACA. After the Fifth Circuit rules, the…

It’s Women’s Health Week!

Doctors and Their Patients, Not Insurance Companies, Should Make Health Care Decisions Women’s Health Week evaluates the state of women’s health, which the Affordable Care Act improved. The ACA continues to help women by protecting the 35 percent of Tennessee women with pre-existing conditions, offering free wellness visits that focus on prevention to catch cancer…

This Year’s Excuse to Not Expand Medicaid: Block Grants

Block Grants Would Cut, Not Increase Medicaid Funding Sandra Rice, a retired nurse practitioner and volunteer in a rural free clinic, released the following statement in response to the State Senate passing Medicaid Block Grant Legislation (House Bill 1280 / Senate Bill 1428): “The Tennessee State Legislature still refuses to expand Medicaid, resulting in the…

5 Things to Know About the Medicaid Block Grant Proposals

What Block Grants Are and What They Are Not Rep. Timothy Hill, R-Blountville, proposed block grant legislation (HB 1280) as an innovative way to cover more Tennesseans through the state’s Medicaid program TennCare. However, a block grant is not Medicaid expansion.  As the Tennessee General Assembly considers House Bill 1280 to apply for a block grant, it’s important to know…

Gov. Bill Lee Misses the Mark on Mental Health

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Dr. Eric Harman, a family medicine doctor in Kingsport,  issued the following state in response to Governor Bill Lee’s State of the State address: “Many who live with mental illness are born with a genetic predisposition and others due to life circumstances or traumatic experiences. While Governor Lee is right to call…

Protecting the ACA: What's at Stake

Removal of blocks on lifetime caps could once again bankrupt families.

Anyone with a preexisting condition will go back to being at the mercy of insurance companies.

People will lose life-saving FREE preventative care like free cancer screenings, tests, well visits and more.

The destruction of Medicare will increase seniors’ drug costs.

SPEAK UP TO PROTECT KEY PROVISIONS
OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Pre-existing Conditions

Health insurance companies can’t refuse to cover you or charge you more just because you have a “pre-existing condition” — that is, a health problem you had before the date that new health coverage starts. They also can’t charge women more than men.

Health insurers can no longer charge more or deny coverage to you or your child because of a pre-existing health condition like asthma, diabetes, or cancer. They cannot limit benefits for that condition either. Once you have insurance, they can't refuse to cover treatment for your pre-existing condition.  How are you affected if this is repealed?

Yearly & Lifetime Caps

Before the Affordable Care Act, a broken individual market and insurance system meant that families faced lifetime limits, annual caps, and the threat of being denied coverage if they left their job to retire or start their own business.  How could you be affected if this is repealed?

Reproductive & Preventative Care

Under the Affordable Care Act, you and your family may be eligible for some important preventive services — which can help you avoid illness and improve your health — at no additional cost to you.

For example, depending on your age, you may have access — at no cost — to preventive services such as:

How are you affected if this is repealed?

Dependents on insurance to age 26

Before the health care law, insurance companies could remove enrolled children usually at age 19, sometimes older for full-time students. Now, most health plans that cover children must make coverage available to children up to age 26. By allowing children to stay on a parent's plan, the law makes it easier and more affordable for young adults to get health insurance coverage. How could you be affected if this is repealed?

TENNESSEE AND THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

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In Tennessee

1,413,000 individuals on private insurance have gained coverage for at least one free preventive health care service such as a mammogram, birth control, or an immunization in 2011 and 2012. In the first eleven months of 2013 alone, an additional 584,400 people with Medicare have received at least one preventive service at no out of pocket cost. [Source: The White House; 12/19/2013]

The up to 2,765,000 individuals with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, cancer, or diabetes – including up to 353,000 children – will no longer have to worry about being denied coverage or charged higher prices because of their health status or history. [Source: The White House; 12/19/2013]

Approximately 1,208,000 Tennesseans have gained expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits and/or federal parity protections. [Source: The White House; 12/19/2013]

889,000 uninsured Tennesseans will have new health insurance options through Medicaid or private health plans in the Marketplace. [Source: The White House; 12/19/2013]

As a result of new policies that make sure premium dollars work for the consumer, not just the insurer, in the past year insurance companies have sent rebates averaging $69 per family to approximately 131,800 consumers. [Source: The White House; 12/19/2013]

In the first ten months of 2013, 74,100 seniors and people with disabilities have saved on average $768 on prescription medications as the health care law closes Medicare’s so-called “donut hole.” [Source: The White House; 12/19/2013]

59,000 young adults have gained health insurance because they can now stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26. [Source: The White House; 12/19/2013]

Individuals no longer have to worry about having their health benefits cut off after they reach a lifetime limit on benefits, and starting in January, 2,042,000 Tennesseans will no longer have to worry about annual limits, either. [Source: The White House; 12/19/2013]

Health centers have received $108,059,000 to provide primary care, establish new sites, and renovate existing centers to expand access to quality health care. Tennessee has approximately 190 health center sites, which served about 384,000 individuals in 2012. [Source: The White House; 12/19/2013]