including limiting access to affordable healthcare. Let us join together to put our faith in action, and stand in the gap for those who are most in need, and call for affordable and accessible health care to our state’s children, persons with disabilities, and the elderly.

What: An Action of Faith for Healthcare When: Wednesday, July 12, 4-8 PM Who: Faith Communities Across Tennessee Where: Your Place of Worship

Can you join us?

People of every (and no) faith tradition also see caring for our neighbors as essential to their religion/philosophy.  As people of faith, we are concerned with any response that does not show mercy to our state’s most vulnerable, including limiting access to affordable healthcare.

Faith communities across the state will participate in a collective prayer on the evening of Wednesday, July 12th. Whether this includes delivering a prayer to your Wednesday night faith group or hosting an evening dedicated to telling stories from your denomination’s scripture, we invite you to pray for all of those in need of healing and that we, as a state, may act with compassion and wisdom during this critical period. Join us as we put our faith into action, and call for affordable and accessible healthcare for our state’s most vulnerable – children, the disabled, the elderly. Why Does this Matter?
The Senate’s healthcare repeal bill makes health care so much worse for so many people in so many ways. Cuts Health Coverage
  • In 2026, 634,600 people in Tennessee would lose coverage under this bill. This includes:
    • 239,500 people in the individual market.
    • 395,000 people with Medicaid, including 15,400 Veterans.
  •  In 2022, the uninsured rate in Tennessee would increase by 48.6 percent. In that year, there would be 97,000 more uninsured children and 255,000 more uninsured adults in Tennessee.
  • In 2018 alone, 281,950 people in Tennessee would lose coverage.
  •  Reducing health insurance coverage could lead to 765 additional deaths in Tennessee in 2026.
Increases Costs
  • Increases average premiums by $2,412 in Tennessee in 2020 and preserves the age tax.
    • A 60-year old making about $18,000 per year would pay $2,426 more and an older person making about $42,000 would pay $5,517 more in Tennessee.
    • Even a 30-year old making about $18,000 per year would pay $696 more in premiums in Tennessee than under current law in 2020.
  •  Increases deductibles by $3,453 in Tennessee for a person making about $42,000 per year, and $5,322 for a person making about $18,000.
  • Increases average 2018 premiums by $1,409 in Tennessee.
Weakens Protections
  • Up to 524,000 people in Tennessee with employer-sponsored coverage would lose protections against annual or lifetime limits.
  • Weakens protections for 2,718,800 people with pre-existing conditions in Tennessee.
  • Even if the Senate bill’s fund for treating opioid use disorders were increased, it would still be only a fraction of the $144 million cost of comprehensive coverage for all people treated for opioid use disorders in Tennessee in 2026.
Hurts the Economy
  • Cuts $5.3 billion in Federal Medicaid funding to Tennessee in 2026, resulting in fewer people covered, or cuts to education and other key services.
  • Tennessee will lose 28,401 jobs in 2026 under the House bill (the Senate bill’s job loss will likely be higher).
  • Gives a $393.2 million tax cut to the wealthiest 59,500 people in Tennessee.

Join us: http://bit.ly/StandWithLeastOfThese

]]>