Medicaid for a Healthy Tennessee
to learn what's at stake for Tennessee and Tennesseans as Gov.
Haslam weighs in on the issue of accepting the federal funds needed
to cover our state's uninsured. Sign the petition, read up on
the issue, get the latest news, and see the vast number and array
of supporters. Make sure the governor and legislators know that
you support a healthy Tennessee!
Survives the Supreme Court!
So now it's
time to get this party started! With the Supreme
Court decision behind us, we can now move forward in implementing
the Affordable Care Act so that we can see 700,000 Tennesseeans
finally get the care they need and deserve. Our full press release
and statement can be found here.
in THCC's Direct Service Work
THCC is no longer able to offer assistance with TennCare or charity
care resources. Please click
here for more info and to see where you may turn for a variety
of help and resources.
of Health Reform in Tennessee
studies, released by The University of Memphis, have been released
that examine the upcoming changes in Tennessee's health care marketplace
as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Click below for each individual
study. Click here for a
quick summary of both studies.
The same research
team released an earlier study (Impacts
of Health Reform in Shelby County, Tennessee) in December
thankful for their foresight in producing these much-needed reports
to help prove the case for health reform in our s
Health Insurance Exchange
marketplce for heath insurance with more choices and better coverage.
In 2014, small-business
owners and uninsured individuals will shop for health insurance
through a new health insurance marketplace. Click
here to learn more.
THCC's staff, Hank from Congressman Cohen's office says that we
saved a life. Listen to Hank's
TennCare Matters," says Sandy.
Medicaid Program Matters
doctor told me that I had lung cancer and was dying," says
Sandy Hepler of Jackson County, Tennessee. "With the help
of the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, I was able to qualify for
SSI and get TennCare and treatment. Months and maybe years have
been added to my life. There is more work that I must do before
I die. To me, TennCare is the embodiment of compassion. I am so
grateful that TennCare would help an old man like me. TennCare
has saved my life," says Sandy.
are needed daily!
Ask your members
of Congress to protect low-income seniors, people who are disabled,
and children as they move forward to fix the country's debt problem.
It took years to create this debt problem and it will take just
as long and longer to fix it. Call toll-free
1-866-922-4970 to talk with a capitol operator
and ask to be connected with your U.S. Senator and Congressperson.
prominent Tennessee organizations (34) have signed on as Partners
to the Coalition to Control Spending with Care. These organization
either represent or care for millions of Tennesseans. Click
here for a complete list of the 34 Partners.
You will need
to make three calls to talk with U.S. Senator Alexander, Senator
Corker, and your member of Congress. Click
here for the email explaining why it is important
for you to make the call. Click
here for talking points, and click
here for a copy of the newspaper AD that will appear in major
newspapers on Thursday.
Health Care Campaign with the Tennessee Hospital Association has
led the effort to create the Coalition
to Control Spending With Care (CCSC). You can also
here to see how THCC is working with the CCSC.
have come together around a brief, yet important, statement:
healthcare spending over the long run is critical in securing
our country’s financial future. However, a narrow focus
on just federal health spending will cause serious harm to Medicare
and Medicaid patients and their families, while placing tremendous
financial pressure on states and providers. Instead, the patient
must be at the center of the discussion, and the focus must be
on the drivers of healthcare spending.
policy should be aimed directly at:
clinically avoidable spending in public insurance programs;
patient-centered, integrated and coordinated care;
provider incentives to achieve the best long term outcomes for
administrative efficiency and ensuring adequate coverage across
the board for patients.
would yield powerful cost reductions at all levels of care. It
is critical that we all work together to produce a sensible solution
to the issue."
two U.S. Senators and your member of congress today: 1-866-922-4970
Forward: Making Health Reform Work for Tennessee: Options and
Opportunities for 2012
June 11, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Medical College, S. S. Kresge Learning Resource Center, 1005
Dr. D. B. Todd Blvd., Nashville, TN 37208
here for the full program, PowerPoint presentations, handouts,
and fact sheets.
Potter, Former Communication Director for Corporate
America and author of Deadly Spin
Gunn, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
McAndrew, Health Policy Analyst for Families USA
Chandra, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
King , eHealth Director for Middle Tennessee
Haile, TN Department of Finance and Administration,
Director, Insurance Exchange Planning Initiative
Coleman, TN Justice Center, Staff Attorney, Constitutionality
of the Affordable Care Act.
here: We have a great program lined up!
$20 per person or $30 for couple - Registration included continental
breakfast that begins at 8 a.m., breaks, and lunch. Click
here to register.
are at different levels: Help support this event
with your name, logo, and commitment to provide high quality health
care for all Tennesseans. Click
here to sign up as a sponsor.
here to watch our video about this Annual Conference.
Reform Hits Main Street."
about how the new health care reform law really works? This short,
animated movie -- featuring the "YouToons" -- explains
the problems with the current health care system, the changes
that are happening now, and the big changes coming in 2014. Written
and produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Narrated by Cokie
Roberts, a news commentator for ABC News and NPR. Click
here to watch.
for Health Reforms Hit Tennessee
in Cookeville on 2/26, Nashville
on 3/5, Knoxville on 3/12, & Memphis
on March 26. Find out more about the new health law, how it will
help your family, and what you can do to keep the law from being
here for more information and to register on line.
a Health Insurance Exchange in Tennessee
the Guiding Principles
for Establishing a Health Insurance Exchange in Tennessee
of the health law's success or failure will be determined
at the state level. Even with federal guidelines, states
will have lots of flexibility. Tennessee's reform will be
different than Mississippi's. Will you still have your protections?
will have four options for structuring its exchange: an
existing state government agency, a new agency, a nonprofit
entity, or a multi-state exchange.
model legislation lists options that the state will have
in governance, certifying health plans, determining eligibility,
participation of brokers and agents, role of navigators,
and much more.
Affordable Care Act has many revolving parts. Join other
volunteers in understanding the options that we have in
Tennessee. Click one of the work groups to found out more.
Click on one of the names and let them know that you want
to participate on one of the work groups. You can live anywhere
in Tennessee. They will participate via toll free conference
Exchange - Tony
Health - Beth
Equity - Yolonda
- Brad Palmertree
Reduction & Safety Assurance - Tony
Information Technology - Tony
things happened on Sept. 23 for the people of Tennessee
- 115,000 children in TN cannot
be denied coverage by a health insurance company and the
premiums cannot be raised because of the medical condition
- 6.2 million Tennesseans cannot be dropped
by your insurance company because you get sick.
- 3 million Tennesseans with private insurance
plans will have preventive care coverage with no co-payment
when their plans are renewed.
- 1.2 million Tennesseans will not have
to worry about insurance companies imposing a life time
limit and annual limits will begin to go away.
- 600,000 young adults can stay on their
parents plan until they turn 26, even if they are not
in school and do not live at home.
Time Again for
you work for the state or federal government, Nashville
government or public schools, Vanderbilt University, or
a public university or technology center?
so, the annual employee (workplace) giving campaign will
soon be happening. Now is the time for you to choose your
charity giving for the coming year via automatic payroll
is a member of Community
Shares, which is a federation of Tennessee-based community
groups who have joined together to raise funds for social
change. We are asking that you please consider giving to
us through Community Shares during the workplace giving
know that times are tough for individuals, families, and
nonprofit groups. However, if you are able to give at this
time, it makes a lot of sense to give to us through Community
Shares, so you can stretch your giving dollars while supporting
both THCC and the progressive community.
to THCC through your workplace giving campaign is easy!
1) decide how much you want to give us per paycheck;
2) put our code on your workplace giving (designation) form;
3) give your form to your human resources person.
just a few dollars each paycheck, you can help support THCC
and the important work we do. For instance, $2 per week
= $104 annual gift!
giving campaigns and THCC's Codes:
Nashville Govt., Nashville Electric Service (NES), and Nashville
Metro & Davidson Co. Schools, and Vanderbilt University
and VU Medical Center
THCC Code: 11019
Employees and TECC
THCC Code: CS320
Employees and CFC
THCC Code: 16063
Board of Regents
THCC Code: C02-019
Tennesseans Educating Tennesseans
About Health Care Reform
historic health care law that is part of our American continuum
of justice! Be part of our
Speakers' Network and help schedule and make presentations
about what's in the new health reform law and why it's good for
Tennessee and America!
Care Justice Organizations Unite to
Celebrate... Educate... Motivate... Activate!
From Memphis to Knoxville, Clarksville to Chattanooga
and places in between, 100 Tennesseans gathered in Nashville on
June 12 to celebrate the historic health reform victory and to
kick-off THCC's new public education initiative: Health Reform:
What's in It for Me & Tennessee?
THCC executive director Tony
Garr begins the day by congratulating the audience on their efforts
that resulted in the recent health care reform victory ... but
reminded them that the work is far from over!
Nationally recognized health
policy expert Gordon Bonnyman (who hails from Knoxville and lives
in Nashville) Wowed! the crowd with his knowledge and dry wit
as he discussed where we go from here.
Jessica Larochelle, Field
Director with Families USA, complimented THCC and its supporters
as some of the best and most dedicated groups in the country,
and credited us as being an important part of the health care
The all-day Saturday event
was wall-to-wall discussion and learning, with nationally recognized
health policy experts, including pictured above: Larry Goldberg,
CEO of Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Jessica Larochelle
of Families USA; and U.S. Representative Jim Cooper.
In addition to very special
thanks to the guests mentioned above, THCC extends special appreciation
to the following people, who generously gave their time and talents
as guest speakers and workshop presenters:
The state of Tennessee has determined helping Tennessee families
and small businesses will cost the state $1.1 billion over 5 years,
or $220 million per year. This is a very modest investment given