Healthcare Task Force Meets
Speaker Beth Harwell’s healthcare task force held its first meeting yesterday, and learned about the current state of healthcare access in Tennessee.
From the Tennessean regarding the current coverage gap:
Those who are in the gap do not qualify for Medicaid coverage and don’t make enough to qualify for tax credits to buy insurance from the federal government, Long said. She said the group largely consists of employees in the food service, construction and transportation industry, as well as an estimated 24,000 veterans.
“We estimate that there’s between 200,000 and 400,000 uninsured individuals,” Long said, adding that not everyone would either be eligible or choose to become covered should the committee advance a Medicaid expansion plan.
More on the importance of healthcare expansion.
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