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Tennessee Sets Records….And No One is Proud?

August 30, 2007

Nashville, TN – The new U.S. Census Bureau report on health insurance shows that more than 800,000 Tennesseans are now without coverage, and the number of uninsured children has reached new highs. Tony Garr, with the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, says it’s time to reverse the record books, starting with kids.

"We, as a nation and as a state, have to say that our children are a priority. We need to make sure that all children have health insurance."

Garr says the new "CoverKids" State Children’s Health Insurance Program (S-CHIP) should be streamlined with Medicaid to maximize enrollments. He says the state should create a non-partisan health care study commission to brainstorm ways to make affordable, accessible, quality coverage available to all Tennesseans. The Tennessee uninsured rate is twice the national average.

Congress has already approved expanding S-CHIP despite a veto threat from President Bush. Garr says it’s interesting to note that the best coverage would cost $50 billion –- exactly the amount President Bush asked for in additional Iraq funding yesterday.

"Do we want to put an additional $50 billion into the war in Iraq, or do we want to put the money in making sure that children have health insurance in this country?"

View the census report at

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - TN