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Tennessee's Medicaid Gap - Rhea through Wilson Counties

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Today I will present figures showing the Tennessee Medicaid Gap in Rhea through Wilson 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

Rhea, # in Gap 2,013, % of Pop 36.6%, % margin of error 4.4%
Roane, # in Gap 2,501, % of Pop 35.3%, % margin of error 4.1%
Robertson, # in Gap 3,521, % of Pop 44.0%, % margin of error 4.5%
Rutherford, # in Gap 14,200, % of Pop 40.5%, % margin of error 4.0%
Scott, # in Gap 1,619, % of Pop 33.9%, % margin of error 4.0%
Sequatchie, # in Gap 888, % of Pop 36.7%, % margin of error 4.6%
Sevier, # in Gap 6,913, % of Pop 45.3%, % margin of error 4.4%
Shelby, # in Gap 61,112, % of Pop 41.4%, % margin of error 2.4%
Smith, # in Gap 1,156, % of Pop 38.9%, % margin of error 4.6%
Stewart, # in Gap 780, % of Pop 37.1%, % margin of error 4.6%
Sullivan, # in Gap 8,347, % of Pop 37.2%, % margin of error 3.8%
Sumner, # in Gap 7,460, % of Pop 43.1%, % margin of error 4.2%
Tipton, # in Gap 3, 013, % of Pop 36.9%, % margin of error 4.4%
Trousdale, # in Gap 504, % of Pop 38.6%, % margin of error 4.9%
Unicoi, # in Gap 1,044, % of Pop 37.9%, % margin of error 4.5%
Union, # in Gap 1,346, % of Pop 35.7%, % margin of error 4.4%
Van Buren, # in Gap 403, % of Pop 38.0%, % margin of error 4.8%
Warren, # in Gap 3,262, % of Pop 44.7, % margin of error 4.2%
Washington, # in Gap 6,236, % of Pop 33.9%, % margin of error 3.8%
Wayne, # in Gap 997, % of Pop 37.1, % margin of error 4.5%
Weakley, # in Gap 2,364, % of Pop 38.5%, % margin of error 4.7%
White, # in Gap 1,695, % of Pop 37.0%, % margin of error 4.4%
Williamson, # in Gap 3,791, % of Pop 46.1%, % margin of error 4.7%
Wilson, # in Gap 3,971, % of Pop 39.4%, % margin of error 4.4%

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control report far more drastic figures than anything we have seen from TennCare, the Governor’s Office, or the Legislature. Using the arrangement shown above, the state figures would be:

Tennessee, # in Gap 367,766, % of Population 39.3%, % margin of error 1.0%

Tennessee may keep refusing Medicaid Expansion – but there will be a price to pay.

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