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Tennessee's Medicaid Gap - McMinn through Putnam Counties

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Today I will present figures showing the Tennessee Medicaid Gap in McMinn through Putnam Counties. These figures come from the Small Area Health Insurance Estimates provided by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This site is used by the health industry and activists alike, and all margins of error given have a 90% confidence level. Because of the examiner.com page setup, I separate each item of data with a comma, thus:

County, # in Gap, % of County Population, % margin of error

McMinn, # in Gap 3,048, % of Pop 36.7%, % MOE 4.1%
McNairy, # in Gap 1,590, % of Pop 35.1%, % MOE 4.0%
Macon, # in Gap 1,794, % of Pop 40.8%, % MOE 4.5%
Madison, # in Gap 5,475, % of Pop 37.3%, % MOE 4.1%
Marion, # in Gap 1,711, % of Pop 38.1%, % MOE 4.2%
Marshall, # in Gap 2,047, % of Pop 41.9%, % MOE 4.8%
Maury, # in Gap 4,330, % of Pop 40.5%, % MOE 4.4%
Meigs, # in Gap 748, % of Pop 35.4%, % MOE 4.4%
Monroe, # in Gap 2,892, % of Pop 38.4%, % MOE 4.3%
Montgomery, # in Gap 8,630, % of Pop 31.6%, % MOE 3.8%
Moore, # in Gap 312, % of Pop 42.7%, % MOE 5.4%
Morgan, # in Gap 1,203, % of Pop 34.3%, % MOE 4.3%
Obion, # in Gap 1,782, % of Pop 37.8%, % MOE 4.4%
Overton, # in Gap 1382, % of Pop 35.8%, % MOE 4.6%
Perry, # in Gap 611, % of Pop 41.8%, % MOE 4.9%
Pickett, # in Gap 389, % of Pop 43.9%, % MOE 5.1%
Polk, # in Gap 1,068, % of Pop 36.2%, % MOE 4.5%
Putnam, # in Gap 5,171, % of Pop 37.9%, % MOE 4.4%

According to WPLN News Congressman Jim Cooper has publicly told Governor Haslam it is past time to extend Medicaid. “I measure things by results, not intentions. And right now, our program is not expanded. So, let’s get results. Let’s expand the program,” Cooper said at an appearance in Nashville last week.

Also, on April 30, 2014, Tennessee Hospital Association President Craig Becker announced that the closing of Haywood Park Hospital in West Tennessee may be just the first such instance. “We’ve seen this coming since the state decided not to do expansion,” says THA president Craig Becker. “We anticipate that there will be other hospitals that will be closing as well.”

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