Press release from the Tennessee Health Care Campaign; August 1, 2012:
What benefits and services will Tennesseans get in the new affordable coverage options under health reform? It is up to our state leaders to decide!
TN Department of Commerce & Insurance will only be accepting comments from patients and providers through next Friday, so you must act quickly!
Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie McPeak will soon be making recommendations to the Governor about which health conditions, services and medications should be covered under the private insurance plans sold through the health insurance exchange, the competitive marketplace where individuals and small businesses can shop for insurance in 2014. To inform her recommendations, the Department of Commerce & Insurance has been collecting stakeholder feedback in public hearings happening across the state this week.
You can bet that they have heard from the insurance companies. Now they need to hear from you!
Make your voice heard by participating in the public hearing in your area. There are only two left – in West Tennessee THIS Friday!
August 3, 2012, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Hamilton Eye Institute, Freeman Auditorium
930 Madison, 3rd Floor
Memphis, TN 38103
August 3, 2012, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
McWherter’s Ayers Auditorium, Jackson State Community College
2046 North Parkway
Jackson, TN 38301
Please note: These hearings are being organized by the TN Department of Commerce & Insurance, not THCC. For updated information, please check their website. If you missed the hearing in your area, you can still submit comments through the email address and physical address provided on the left.
Public comments will only be accepted through August 10, 2012.
This decision is especially important for anyone with chronic conditions or special health needs because it will determine whether their insurance is required to cover the services, medications or treatments they need. Please make sure to pass this notice on to friends, neighbors or loved ones that will be affected.
This decision will set the bar for new plans sold through the Exchange, but it will also set the standard that employer-sponsored coverage will be judged against in the future. If you believe that your insurance card is only as good as the benefits it covers, now is the time to make your voice heard!
Thanks for all that you do!
~The THCC team
P.S. We heard from folks that the plan documents posted by Commerce & Insurance on their website were moved after our original email with links went out two weeks ago. We have updated the links on the left, but if you have problems, please go directly to their website here: http://tn.gov/commerce/insurance/ehb/health_essentials.shtml
-and click on the documents below “Comparison” on the righthand side of the page.
To read more about this decision:
“State holds first hearing on Affordable Care Act benefits.” by Tom Wilemon for The Tennessean, July 17, 2012.
“Tennesseans input sought on health benefits decision.” by Kristi Nelson for the Knoxville News Sentinel, July 28, 2012.
“Memphis area residents to get say on the future of health insurance.” Toby Sells for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, July 31, 2012.