Great news for the nearly 167,000 Tennesseans who don't have access to health insurance. Tennessee Republican lawmakers advanced a plan on February 27th that would overall how TN provides health insurance to our low income and disabled residents.
Being in the health insurance industry I have long struggled with the ACA providing subsidies and low deductible health plans to many of our lower income residents but not those who are truly poor. You see, if you earn more than 138% of the Federal Poverty Level you do not qualify for any subsidies through the Affordable Care Act and are left on the sidelines because we do not have offer robust Medicaid coverage. For a single person this is $13,724 and $27,945 for a family of four.