The one county not yet discussed in this statewide survey of Senate Districts is Tipton County, a part of Senator Mark Norris’ District 32. How will its people fare if Governor Haslam does not submit a federally acceptable Tennessee Plan for Medicaid Expansion?
Tipton County has a 8.90% unemployment rate, almost matching that of Shelby County (9.10%) next door. It’s poverty rate is 16.70% as compared to Shelby’s 17.70%. These figures represent a larger amount of poverty, however, since Tipton’s population is only 15% of Shelby’s. The median annual family income is a rather robust $50,869. Still, 133% of the annual federal poverty level for a family of eight is $52,707.90. This suggests that some families, especially those just below the median income, will fall into the coverage gap between Tenncare and the HealthCare Marketplace if no Medicaid expansion plan is developed.
11% of Tipton County citizens are veterans. There are no Veterans Administration facilities in this county, but four locations are available in nearby Shelby.
The one hospital in Tipton County is not currently in danger of curtailing operations or closing its doors because of the change in federal payment for indigent care.
27.20% of Tipton County citizens are 18 and under. This age group is the most likely to be adversely affected if there is no Medicaid expansion.
Concerned Tipton County citizens can contact Senator Mark Norris at 615-741-1967.