Tennessee rose from 41st in 2011 to 39th in 2012 according to America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.
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Tennessee's best and worst category rankings:
State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Tennessee, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.
Tennessee's Tenncare Program
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Starting in 2010, Tennessee started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. To find out more about Tennessee's participation, click here.
Risk pools are state-sponsored programs to help people with a history of medical problems in their family to purchase coverage. These pools are for people who can afford to buy health insurance, but are not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition. These programs can vary significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state are required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black. In the best cases, they allow people to be able to switch jobs or become self-employed without the fear of losing their health insurance coverage. Read more about risk pools here.
National health reform and Tennessee — State resources on the implantation of the Affordable Care Act.
TennCare Program — Tennessee’s Medicaid managed care program that provides health coverage for 1.2 million low-income children, pregnant woman and disabled Tennesseans.
TennCare Oversight Division, Department of Commerce and Insurance — Oversees, examines and monitors Health Maintenance Organizations and Behavioral Health Organizations participating in the TennCare program.
Tennessee Health Care Campaign (THCC) — A nonprofit consumer health care advocacy group seeking health care reform.
State-specfic information on the Physicans National Health Program in Tennessee.
The Affordable Care Act: Immediate Benefits for Tennessee -- How the Affordable Health Care act will improve the lives of people living in Tennessee.
Why health care reform is important to Tennessee -- This 2009 document by the AARP provides a compelling case f for health reform in Tennessee.
The Benefits of Health Reform In Tennessee -- The Democratic Policy Committee of the United States Senate looks at benefits of health reform for the citizens of Tennessee.
Tennessee mental health resource guide, offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Government.
The National Coalition on Health Care's information for Tennessee -- America's oldest, most diverse, and broadest based group working to achieve comprehensive health system reform.
Find out what your state's health insurance exchange will look like.
Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $201 per family in 2012.
04/03/2013 2:04 PM
Metro Pulse — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced plans to approach the federal government with a request to use federal funds to purchase private insurance rather than expand TennCare. Several states are pursuing this option with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
03/21/2013 2:03 PM
Legal Newsline — Republicans in the House and Senate have proposed bills to alter state insurance law to prevent insurance companies from participating in health insurance exchanges. In a legal opinion, the state attorney general said the bills were constitutionally questionable.
12/12/2012 3:12 PM
Insurance Journal — Tennessee joined the ranks of states opting for a federally operated
health insurance exchange. Gov. Haslam said the federal government hadn’t
provided nearly enough information to allow the state to proceed. “I’m more and
more convinced they’re making this up as they go,” Haslam said.
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