Tips and Talking Points
For those concerned about the proposal's potential mental health impacts for TennCare beneficiaries, consider the following tips and talking points.
- Tennessean’s eligible for TennCare are disproportionately affected by mental health issues and this proposal puts families at risk of losing mental health care.
- If you are a NAMI member say so and acknowledge that TennCare is the largest payer for mental health and substance use treatment services in the state.
- Exemptions are not protections: research and experience show that work requirements impose complex administrative burdens on individuals and families. Many people are at risk of losing their coverage due to confusion or bureaucratic hurdles. For these reasons, even people who are supposed to be exempt may not be able to claim exemption because of these bureaucratic challenges, a particular risk for individuals and families living with mental health conditions or disabilities. Read more >