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Threats of Repealing the Affordable Care Act Faced by Patients, Caregivers, and Families in Tennessee

December 9, 2016

Today, healthcare advocates came together to fight the Republican promise of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Concerned citizens and advocates in Tennessee are determined to defend the ACA’s key provisions which have expanded healthcare coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions, allowed those under the age of 26 to stay on their parents’ plan, eliminated…

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Jerry of Hendersonville, Tennessee

December 7, 2016

Jerry of Hendersonville, Tennessee writes: I’ve lived in Nashville since 1979 after growing up in PA and living in NYC and working as a musician.  I moved to Hendersonville from NYC because as an independent musician with no steady paycheck, it was too expensive to live there.  Nashville was a logical choice because of the…

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Andy of Nashville, Tennessee

December 7, 2016

Andy of Nashville, Tennessee writes: I was working for a publishing company in Silicon Valley, CA who provided great health insurance benefits. That  company was sold to another publisher in November of this year.  We knew this sale was coming and I had to make some tough decisions. As a result of this sale, my insurance…

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Robert of Knoxville, Tennessee

December 6, 2016

Robert of Knoxville, Tennessee writes: I’ve lived in Knoxville all my life. I was always an honors student, I earned my blackbelt in karate, and I am an Eagle Scout. I was very involved with my school in high school, I was the lead in one of our theatre productions and I was homecoming king.…

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Suzanne of Pinellas Park, TN

December 6, 2016

Suzanne of Pinellas Park, writes: Grew up in a middle class family and had healthcare.  Moved to Nashville in ’06 to pursue music. Got a record contract with Warner and built a successful music career. Struggled with drug and alcohol addiction problems which led to bad choices and some not so great health problems as…

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Scott of Nashville, TN

December 6, 2016

Scott of Nashville, TN writes: In 2000, I had CIGNA health insurance. My premium was $10,000 a year. I was self-employed. CIGNA took care of prescriptions and doctor’s visits. But in 2008 our premium rose to $18,000 a year with a $5,000 deducible. But if we went in the hospital, we would have to pay a $27,000 deducible.…

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Melissa of knoxville, TN

December 5, 2016

melissa of knoxville, writes: I am a 45 year old woman living in Knoxville, who has Multiple Sclerosis. My MS was diagnosed 11 years ago, after a hospital stay that totaled $38,000. Luckily, I had insurance at the time, but quickly realized I would never have the luxury of not having health insurance. MS hits…

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