Coalition for a Strong Tennessee
Coalition for a Strong Tennessee
Supporting Bipartisan Solutions For Comprehensive Tennessee Healthcare Coverage


Maximize Coverage for Tennessee



Currently, federal funding is available to provide comprehensive healthcare coverage for low income Tennesseans. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states could decide whether to permit their residents to receive that coverage.  Although Governor Haslam (R) created a plan to provide coverage to 300,000 Tennesseans under the Affordable Care Act at no cost to the State or to Tennessee taxpayers (Insure Tennessee), the Tennessee legislature has failed to act.


WHO would be covered?


It is estimated that 300,000 Tennesseans are in the Gap.



Tennessee adults who are caught in the “Coverage Gap.”

These individuals fall in the Gap because they don’t earn enough for coverage under, and yet they cannot qualify for TennCare.


 WHY should Tennessee support Medicaid Expansion?


Because expansion:

  • Provides health care and financial peace of mind to 300,000 Tennesseans, including 24,000 veterans, while encouraging personal responsibility;

  • Extends a financial lifeline to our hospitals, especially in rural communities;

  • Generates 21,000 new jobs throughout the state;

  • Keeps Tennesseans’ federal taxes at home by directing $1.5 billion in federal funding each year into local economies;

  • Protects the state budget with guarantees of funding by the federal government and Tennessee’s hospital industry, plus the program can be cancelled with one year’s notice if Tennessee legislators deem it financially unsustainable;

  • Reflects the will of the people. According to a May 2018 Vanderbilt poll, 66% of Tennessee voters support Medicaid Expansion.  More self-identified Tea Party voters (42%) support Insure Tennessee than oppose it (40%);

  • Is supported by research conducted by respected economists at the University of Tennessee Centers for Business & Economic Research and at the University of Memphis’ Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research;


Ask Gov. Lee and our Legislators to Bring Our Taxes Home for Tennesseans’ Healthcare