Dear Governor Haslam:
Memorial Day reminds us of the service and sacrifice of our nation’s veterans. But beyond the speeches, is Governor Bill Haslam really demonstrating he cares? Here are some facts from the National Health Law Program:
35,000 veterans in Tennessee do not have health insurance. In addition, 20,000 family members of veterans do not have health insurance.
• Uninsured veterans suffer from significant health problems. One-third of uninsured veterans have at least one chronic health condition, 15.3 percent are in fair or poor health, and 15.9 percent are limited because of physical, mental, or emotions problems.
• Uninsured veterans and their families struggle to get the health care they need. Over 40 percent of uninsured veterans have unmet medical needs, and 33.7 percent have delayed care due to cost. More than half of veterans’ family members also have unmet medical needs, and 44.1 percent have delayed care due to cost.
Governor Bill Haslam, expanding Medicaid in Tennessee would show veterans you truly honor their service.
Judy thanks for sharing. You are so right on the money.