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HealthConnections: What the Medicaid Gap Means for Tennessee

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In 2010, the Affordable Care Act became the law of the land. Since then, gains have been made in the number of Americans with affordable health care coverage. The not-so-good news is that mandating Medicaid expansion, a major mechanism for extending coverage, did not survive a Supreme Court challenge in 2012. The Supreme Court ruled that Medicaid expansion by the states was optional, not required. So far, 39 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid. However, 12 states, including Tennessee, have not. Dr. Carole Myers of the University of Tennessee College of Nursing speaks with Kinika Young, an attorney and the Senior Director of Health Policy and Equity with the Tennessee Justice Center about what that means for Tennessee.

Chrissy is WUOT's News Director and host of monthly public affairs talk show Dialogue. Her first job with the station was as weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. She has been the station's local host for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered news programs; occasionally fills in as host for WUOT's Morning and Afternoon Concerts; and has won multiple awards for her interviews, feature stories, and Dialogue.