**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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American Rescue Plan provides resources needed to return to work safely – this restaurant worker is grateful!

Join Nora and other Tennesseans in supporting the American Rescue Plan Add Your Name Here My name is Nora Cooper.  I moved to Nashville in November, 2019, a city to which I had been drawn since I was a teenager living in California.  I had lived in Boston two years, working in the restaurant industry,…

High School Student Implores Maury County School Board to Require Masks

On March 2, 10th grade student Avalon McCartney delivered a petition signed by 800 supporters to school board members. Read her full remarks below: See coverage by Fox17 Nashville My name is Avalon McCartney and I’m a sophomore at Spring Hill High School here in Maury County. My mom is a nurse, and since the…

Governor Lee – Please be the Leader We Elected You To Be

Governor Lee, a statewide mask mandate is critical to protect Tennesseans from suffering serious complications or death from Covid-19. It’s your responsibility as the leader of our state to protect Tennesseans, and you are the only one with the power and ability to do just that. We are tired of seeing all the sickness, all of the sadness. We need your help.

The County-by-County Approach Has Not Worked in Tennessee

What happens in one county affects the other because we are, in fact, all in this together I am Dr. Tracey Doering, a physician in Nashville, board certified in internal medicine and geriatric medicine.  I grew up in New Jersey, completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and then moved to Nashville…

TN COVID Doctor Makes Plea to Tennesseans for Help Convincing Governor Lee to Take Responsibility

NASHVILLE — Tennessee COVID-19 Doctor, who has been treating patients on the frontlines since the beginning of the pandemic released this video statement today in response to Tennessee breaking a new record in the COVID-19 outbreak over the weekend.  Dr. Jason Martin said, “What we need from you is to ask Governor Lee to show leadership right…

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]