The Tennessee Democratic Party Releases A New Video:
A TN Retiree Tells Her Story Of How Medicaid Gave Her Mother Dignity

Two thirds of the elderly in nursing homes rely on Medicaid


Hermitage, Tenn. (July 12, 2017) – Today, the Tennessee Democratic Party released a video of Sidney, a retiree in Hermitage, TN, who tells the story about how Medicaid provided vital support for her family after her mother became ill. TrumpCare, in both the House and Senate plans, dramatically cuts funding for Medicaid and structurally changes how the program is funded.

Like many Americans, Sidney faced the high cost of medical care for her mother. She and her family paid for everything they could until the last two years of her mother’s life, when she required 24 hour care. At that point, Medicaid filled the gap. Without Medicaid, as Sidney says, she doesn’t know what the family would have done.

“Like too many families in Tennessee, Sidney was faced with difficult choices because of the high cost of healthcare, especially for the elderly. Our senators should be working with Democrats to increase access to more affordable care, especially for the most vulnerable among us. Unfortunately, Senator Corker and Senator Alexander seem eager to make huge cuts to Medicaid, ignoring the real-world consequences it will have on Tennessee families,” said Mary Mancini, Chair of the Tennessee Democratic Party.

The latest available data from the state of Tennessee shows there were 34,363 people living in nursing homes in 2013. Medicaid pays for roughly two thirds of nursing home residents, meaning an estimated 22,680 elderly Tennesseans would be at risk if TrumpCare become law.

“It’s hard to imagine how someone could vote for a bill that would throw parents and grandparents out of nursing homes, but that is exactly what Republicans are aiming to do, it’s shameful,” Mancini said.