Tennesseee Health Care Campaign (THCC)

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THCC volunteers in communities throughout the state unite for change where they live through THCC’s Local Organizing Groups (LOG’s). This grassroots network regularly engages hundreds of volunteers through LOG’s in Chattanooga, Cookeville, Dyersburg, Jackson, Knoxville, Memphis, Nashville, & the Tri Cities.

Bristol and Kingsport Forums on Health Reform

Posted by Beth Uselton on October 19, 2010

Volunteers from three organizations – Tri-cities Citizens for Improved Health Care, Virginia Organizing and Tennessee Health Care Campaign – came together to plan two events this past weekend to address misinformation and confusion surrounding the new health care law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The two public forums, which took place in Bristol and Kingsport, each featured a panel discussion on Myths and Misconceptions About the New Health Care Law as well as a keynote speech by health insurance industry whistleblower and hometown hero, Wendell Potter (please see post on Potter in National Reform section).  Panelists included Dr. Robin Feierabend (ETSU School of Medicine and Physicians for National Health Program), Tony Garr (Founding Executive Director of THCC) and Debby Smith (Board Member of Virginia Organizing).  The two events, which were many months in the making, drew over two hundred participants from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia.  (We even had some people make the trip from Alabama!)

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of many volunteers and local citizens, we were able to plan two very successful public education events.  Very special thanks goes to Wendell Potter, who graciously accepted our invitation to work with us on such a project.  Mr. Potter made a special trip back to his hometown to speak out about his experience working in the corporate health insurance industry and his new role as a consumer advocate, challenging the fear tactics and spin that have been created by special interests to confuse and frighten the public in order to block meaningful health care reform.  His presentation was moving, informative and tremendously inspiring to all in attendance, but especially for the planning team which showed great courage and commitment through their work to make this all possible.


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Knoxville Speakers’ Training

Posted by Beth Uselton on August 3, 2010

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Bristol Speakers’ Training

Posted by Beth Uselton on August 3, 2010

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Tri Cities LOG Celebrates Historic Health Reform

Posted by Susan McKay on July 1, 2010

Members of the Tri Cities LOG smiled thinking about their efforts that went into winning historic health reform law. What next?  Educating Tennesseans about the benefits of the new law! That should keep them busy for a few months — at least!

Pictured: Don , Linda Nwosu, Claire Lovelace, Tony Garr, Gloria Samuels, Sharon Brown, Bob Samuels, Beth Uselton, Susan Allen, Marie Pendzich, Judy Garland

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New High-risk Pool Begins in TN

Posted by Susan McKay on July 1, 2010

THCC reminds Tennesseans about existing high-risk pool, Access TN & Urge consumers to compare both options

Nashville, TN (Jun 30, 2010)—  Uninsured Tennesseans with pre-existing medical conditions will soon have another choice for obtaining health care coverage.

The new high-risk pool provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act takes effect July 1. The Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is a new choice of quality coverage for Tennesseans who have been without health coverage for at least six months and who have been denied coverage because of pre-existing health conditions. PCIP is a new option and not a replacement for the state’s existing high-risk pool called Access TN, http://www.covertn.gov .

“I am glad that Tennesseans will have another choice. It is important that uninsured people with existing medical conditions check out the advantages of both pools before they decide,” said Tony Garr, executive director of the Tennessee Health Care Campaign.

Consumer health care advocacy group, the Tennessee Health Care Campaign (THCC), believes the new federal pool will mostly help those in higher income brackets, but will not help the most of the 1.3 million* Tennesseans with pre-existing conditions because the premiums are simply too high.  THCC is urging individuals deemed as “uninsurable” to take a look at both high-risk pools and see which one is their best option.

For Tennesseans with incomes below $64,000 for a family of three or $75,000 for a family of four, Access TN may be the best choice because premium discounts of 20, 40 and 60 percent are available. In addition, the waiting period is only three months as compared to six months for the new federal pre-existing condition insurance plan.

New Health Reform Website

Starting July 1, find the new coverage available in Tennessee and information about the complete range of health coverage options available for consumers by ZIP code @ http://www.healthcare.gov .

*Health Reform: A Closer Look – Help for Tennesseans with Pre-existing Conditions @ http://www.familiesusa.org/assets/pdfs/health-reform/pre-existing-conditions/tennessee.pdf

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