about tennesseans, tennessee families and tennessee communities that will be affected by decisions currently being made in washington.
a grandmother's story
My grandchildren were ages 6 and 8 when they came to live with me and my husband. They were abused, homeless, wild, angry, violent and delusional. They were dysfunctional in every area of their being. Their biological parents had multiple untreated severe mental illnesses.
Due to TennCare, we were able to get our grandchildren the mental health they needed. Without TennCare we would not have had the resources to pay for their mental health services and we would have had to turn them over to the state.
critical access: the difference between life and death
In the late 1990’s and 2000 Macon County General Hospital in Lafayette, Tennessee, not unlike many other rural hospitals across the country, struggled to keep its financial head above water. Closing due to a lack of resources was a real possibility.
In July 2001, the hospital took advantage of a federal designation known as Critical Access Hospital that allowed Macon County General to collect 100% of what it cost the hospital to treat Medicare patients, improving its ability to survive.
compassion after a lifetime of hard work
The doctor told me that I had lung cancer and was dying," says Sandy Hepler of Jackson County, Tennessee. "With the help of the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, I was able to qualify for SSI and get TennCare and needed treatment. Months and maybe years have been added to my life. There is more work that I must do before I die. To me, TennCare is the embodiment of compassion. I am so grateful that TennCare would help an old man like me. TennCare has saved my life.