Affordable Tennessee health insurance

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Tennessee health insurance

A guide to affordable health insurance in the Volunteer State

tennessee guide to health insurance

How healthy is it to live in Tennessee? The state rose from 41st in 2011 to 39th in 2012 according to America's Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.

The good news:

  • At 10.0 percent of adults, Tennessee has the lowest binge-drinking rate in the nation.
  • Air pollution decreased by six percent between 2011 and 2012.

The bad news:

  • More than 35 percent of adults have a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Tennessee ranks 42nd for low birth weight and 45th for its infant mortality rate.

Tennessee's best and worst category rankings:

  • Binge Drinking – 1st
  • Geographic Disparity – 17th
  • Primary Care Physicians – 20th
  • Preventable Hospitalizations – 46th
  • Violent Crime – 47th
  • Sedentary Lifestyle – 48th

For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Tennessee.

Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Tennessee health quality findings.

In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Tennessee here.

Get local health results

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.

Does Tennessee have
a health insurance high risk pool?

Tennessee's Tenncare Program

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In 2010, Tennessee started offering health care insurance coverage to residents through the federally established temporary high-risk pool program. Learn about eligibility here.

Rapidly becoming obsolete as state health insurance exchanges prepare to open, risk pools were state-sponsored programs that helped people who could afford to buy health insurance, but were not able to get underwritten in the private market because of a pre-existing health condition.

Programs varied significantly from state to state in price, benefits and number of people served. Often insurance companies doing business in the state were required to contribute to the pool to keep it in the black.

In the best cases, they allowed 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.

More Tennessee resources

Tennessee state health insurance exchange

Tennessee’s exchange

Find out what your state’s health insurance exchange will look like.


$28.8 million to 240,298 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $201 per Tennessee family in 2012.


Find out how your member of the Tennessee Congressional delegation voted on health care.

TN state government resources

National health reform and Tennessee

State resources on the implantation of the Affordable Care…

TennCare Oversight Division, Department of Commerce and Insurance

Oversees, examines and monitors Health Maintenance Organizations and Behavioral Health Organizations participating in the TennCare…

TennCare Program

Tennessee’s Medicaid managed care program that provides health coverage for 1.2 million low-income children, pregnant woman and disabled…

TN advocacy resources

Tennessee Health Care Campaign (THCC)

A nonprofit consumer health care advocacy group  seeking health care…

Tennessee health insurance companies

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
Celtic Ins. Co.
Companion Life Insurance Company
Coventry Health and Life Insurance Company
Golden Rule

Health insurance for TN individuals

Resources for those individuals seeking health care insurance in Tennessee. If you are looking for Tennessee Medicare, visit our site for health insurance over 65.