Just the facts

FACT 1
A comprehensive healthcare solution designed for Tennessee will bring significant economic benefits to the state
  • A comprehensive solution would generate new income and create jobs. Tennessee could experience more than $1.1 billion in new healthcare spending, an estimated $909 million in new income for Tennessee residents and 15,000 full-time equivalent jobs, according to the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • A comprehensive solution would benefit the state budget. Research by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows Medicaid expansion states have seen the state share of Medicaid spending grow significantly slower than states that did not expand Medicaid, 3.4 percent versus 6.9 percent.

FACT 2
Helping Tennessee's working poor access healthcare will help ensure hospitals can continue to serve residents across the state, especially in rural communities
  • A comprehensive solution would bring billions in federal dollars back to Tennessee’s healthcare system. Projections by the Tennessee Hospital Association show that in 2016, Tennessee hospitals will lose $292 million in federal Medicare reimbursement. That amount will reach $8.2 billion by 2024. Instead of going to care for Tennesseans, these dollars are being sent to other states that have already expanded, or are expanding, Medicaid. Insure Tennessee would bring these dollars back home to be used to provide healthcare to our families, friends and neighbors.

  • A comprehensive solution is critical for rural communities. Rural hospitals are lifelines for the communities they serve, not only as a site for healthcare, but as large employers and economic engines for the community. Uninsured rates are highest in rural areas – with 57 percent of those with income less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level in rural areas living without insurance, according to the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

FACT 3
A comprehensive path to healthcare coverage would serve our friends, neighbors and veterans
  • Comprehensive coverage benefits the working poor. Those eligible for a comprehensive expansion plan are more likely to be employed or looking for work than traditional TennCare recipients, according to a study by the Center for Business and Economic Research at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The same research shows this population is also less likely to receive food stamps and is concentrated in rural areas, where access to healthcare can already be a challenge.

  • 24,000 veterans would benefit from a comprehensive expansion plan. According to research by the Center for Business and Economic Research at University of Tennessee, Knoxville, a comprehensive solution such as “Insure Tennessee would increase the number of American veterans who are eligible for insurance coverage by 24,000, and could reduce the number of uninsured veterans by over 25 percent.”

FACT 4
A comprehensive solution that helps the working poor would help build a healthier Tennessee population
  • Comprehensive healthcare coverage could result in fewer deaths. Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed approximately 19.6 fewer deaths per 100,000 adults annually in states that expanded Medicaid compared to those that did not. Additional research published in 2015 in the American Journal of Public Health found that federally qualified health centers in expansion states saw significantly higher screening rates for colorectal and cervical cancers.

    A study published in Health Affairs found a significant reduction in patients skipping medications because of cost, and in patients having trouble paying medical bills and an increase in patients with selected high-incidence chronic illnesses receiving regular care for those conditions in two expansion states compared to a non-expansion state.

     

  • Increasing coverage could ensure earlier detection of diseases. An analysis by researchers for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projects that Medicaid expansion could increase the treatment of hypertension, leading to fewer new coronary heart disease events, fewer stroke events and fewer cardiovascular disease-related deaths.

FACT 5
Tennessee can shape a solution for its citizens
  • Tennessee has the opportunity to create a Tennessee-tailored plan to help those in the Medicaid gap. Through a federally-approved waiver, Tennessee can create a plan built on principles consistent with Tennessee values, such as personal responsibility and individual choice. A plan designed for-Tennessee, by-Tennessee would help those in the Medicaid gap – folks who make too much money to qualify for TennCare but too little to afford insurance on the exchanges – with minimal federal government involvement.

Myth
Insure Tennessee helps ensure hospitals can continue to serve residents across the state, especially in rural communities
Fact
Insure Tennessee helps ensure hospitals can continue to serve residents across the state, especially in rural communities
  • Insure Tennessee is critical for rural communities. Rural hospitals are lifelines for the communities they serve, not only as a site for healthcare, but as large employers and economic engines for the community. Uninsured rates are highest in rural areas – with 57 percent of those with income less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level in rural areas living without insurance, according to the Center for Business and Economic Research at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • Insure Tennessee is critical for rural communities. Rural hospitals are lifelines for the communities they serve, not only as a site for healthcare, but as large employers and economic engines for the community. Uninsured rates are highest in rural areas – with 57 percent of those with income less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level in rural areas living without insurance, according to the Center for Business and Economic Research at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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