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Dilemma

The Dilemma

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Employment & Marriage

Restrictive income and asset eligibility limits prevent married and employed people with disabilities with the critical Medicaid benefits they need

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Disability

$100,000 / year of medical & caregiving expenses

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Unemployed & Single

In order to get around those limits, people with disabilities often forgo employment and marriage to afford the medical care they need

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Empowering Tennessee: The Case for Pathway to TennCare Program

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High Costs with Limited Support

Individuals with disabilities often face annual expenses exceeding 100 000 a burden significantly lightened by Medicaid support

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> $100,000+ / yr.

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Healthcare Livelihood: A Stark Choice

Individuals With disabilities are forced to choose between maintaining essential healthcare coverage and pursuing economic self-sufficiency. This choice hinders their potential to work, save, and invest in their futures.

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Income: < $2,829 / mo.

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Assets: < $2,000

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Bridging the Employment and Marriage Gap

These employment & marriage disparities highlight the need for systemic changes that support the aspirations of people with disabilities for Work and family life without the fear of losing their healthcare benefits.

%Employed

Able-Bodied

Disabied

37%

75%

%Married

Able-Bodied

Disabied

37%

75%

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An Opportunity for Inclusion

Tennessee remains one of the only four states without a Pathway to TennCare Program, placing it behind in fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce. Such a program would server as as gateway for individuals with disabilities to contribute meaningfully to the economy while retaining their healthcare coverage, effectively closing the gap towards full social integration

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Want to Help?

The Solution

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What is a Pathway to TennCare?

A Pathway to TennCare is a state-driven initiative that allows workers with disabilities a pathway into Medicaid. This means they can earn income above traditional Medicaid limits while still accessing vital health services.

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Addressing the Employment Dilemma

Many with disabilities face a catch-22: work and lose Medicaid or don't work and keep it. The Buy-In program breaks this cycle, enabling individuals to work, earn, and still retain their healthcare benefits.

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Economic and Social Implications

The program isn't just beneficial for individuals. It's a win-win for states too. As participants earn more, they pay higher premiums, contribute more in taxes, and rely less on other skocial services. 

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What is a Medicaid Buy-In Program?

A Medicaid Buy-In Program is a state-driven initiative that allows workers with disabilities to "buy into" Medicaid. This means they can earn income above traditional Medicaid limits while still accessing vital health services.

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Addressing the Employment Dilemma

Many with disabilities face a catch-22: work and lose Medicaid or don't work and keep it. The Buy-In program breaks this cycle, enabling individuals to work, earn, and still retain their healthcare benefits.

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Join our advocacy efforts. Your voice matters!

We're on a mission to advocate for a brighter future for individuals with disabilities in Tennessee. To make impactful changes, we need to understand your experiences and perspectives. By participating in our survey, you're taking a significant step towards creating a more inclusive Tennessee. Thank you for being a part of this transformative journey. Together, we can advocate for a brighter, more inclusive future for all.

Ready to make a difference? Click the button below to head over to our survey. It only takes a few minutes, but your insights can drive lasting change.

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