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Deaths of 633 Tennesseans Blamed on Lack of Health Insurance

Six hundred thirty-three people died in Tennessee in 2010 because they did not have health insurance, according to a new study released Wednesday by health care consumer advocate Families USA.
From the Commercial Appeal:
In the five years from 2005-2010, 3,483 Tennesseans died because they lacked health insurance, the study said.
The number of uninsured Tennesseans rose from 482,353 in 2005 to 604,222 in 2011, according to the University of Tennessee Center for Business and Economic Research.
“The numbers don’t surprise me one bit,” said Dr. Scott Morris, executive director of the Church Health Center in Memphis. “It’s what we see at the Church Health Center every day.”
Without insurance, many patients can’t afford doctor visits, treatments or medications, Morris said. Oftentimes, uninsured patients will put off their treatments, which can make health problems worse and make treating them more difficult.
Across the nation, 26,100 people died in 2010 without access to health insurance, a figure higher than the 20,350 who died without coverage in 2005. From 2005-2010, a total of 134,120 died in the U.S. because they lacked health coverage, the study said.
The figures were timed for release about a week before many expect the Supreme Court to reveal its decision on the Affordable Care Act. Calling the deaths a “tragedy” and a “shame,” Families USA executive director Ron Pollack said the law is central to the health of the uninsured.

Group Contends Health Care Reform Repeal Would Cost TN $73B

If a budget proposal adopted March 29 by the U.S. House of Representatives is put into effect Tennessee could lose more than $73 billion by 2022 and an additional 628,000 Tennesseans could be uninsured, according to a report by Families USA cited by the News Sentinel.
The nonprofit consumer health care advocacy/lobbying organization on Tuesday released the report, which broke down state-by-state the impact of the proposal by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc.
The report said the proposal, which reduces the deficit by cutting health care programs that largely help middle- and low-income Americans, would cost the nation $2.75 trillion over the next 10 years and “end Medicare and Medicaid as they currently exist.”
It would repeal 2010s Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Tennessee wasn’t in Families USA’s list of top 10 states impacted: California, which faces $303.8 billion in cuts, followed by Texas, New York, Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Illinois, Georgia and Michigan. But the report said all states face “substantial” cuts. Tennessee currently has a waiver for Medicaid replacing it with TennCare; the state pays 35 cents and the federal government 65 cents of every TennCare dollar.

Note: As originally posted, this item used the figure $75 Million instead of Billion. It has been corrected.

State Losing 10 Percent of Federal Welfare Funding

Tennessee’s welfare program is about 10 percent poorer than it used to be, and state officials don’t expect to get that money back anytime soon, reports the Jackson Sun.
Funding for supplemental grants through the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program ran out at the end of June, well before the fiscal year ends in October. That’s led to uncertainty in Tennessee and the 16 other states that have received the grants each year since welfare reform passed in 1996.
Tennessee gets $21.6 million in supplemental grants annually. That’s more than 10 percent of all the federal welfare money the state gets each year, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Tennessee officials say they’re trying to avoid cutting services or reducing the number of families on welfare.
“We were hoping that (the cut) wouldn’t happen but expecting that it probably would,” said Wanda Franklin, director of Families First at the Tennessee Department of Human Services.
“We’ve been trying to figure out how we’re going to provide for our clients in the ways we have been providing for them — in other words, to try to streamline our program, make it more practical and efficient, and do it with less money