State House Candidate Elizabeth Rowland Expresses Support for Medicaid Expansion
Updated: May 26, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
STATE HOUSE CANDIDATE ELIZABETH ROWLAND EXPRESSES SUPPORT FOR MEDICAID EXPANSION
KNOXVILLE, TN - State House candidate Elizabeth Rowland, currently running for office in Tennessee’s 16th District, today expressed appreciation for the leadership of Knoxville City Council Member Lauren Rider on the issue of Medicaid expansion. Rider this week introduced a resolution proposing Medicaid expansion in Tennessee, receiving unanimous City Council support.
Tennessee is one of only 12 states that have declined to accept billions in available federal funds that would provide health coverage to its more than 300,000 uninsured citizens, a number that is expected to increase as Tennesseans continue to lose employer-provided insurance due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“No one in our community should die because they can’t afford the cost of health insurance,” said Rowland. “Knoxville City Council Member Rider should be commended for taking a stand on behalf of the growing number of Tennessee residents who are unable to see a doctor or visit a hospital when they are sick or injured.”
While Tennessee has refused to accept available Medicaid funds, the state’s federal tax dollars are being distributed to other states such as California and New Jersey, which have already approved expansion. However, with adoption of the program in the state, these federal funds would remain within our local communities, including Knoxville and Knox County. Medicaid expansion would also prevent further closures of Tennessee’s shrinking number of rural hospitals, thus preserving jobs in some of the most economically vulnerable areas of the state.
“Medicaid expansion isn’t just the right thing to do for Tennessee residents’ health, it’s the smart thing to do for Tennessee’s economic health,” said Rowland. “As your state representative, I will work across party lines to ensure that Tennessee expands Medicaid. Thank you to Council Member Rider for proposing this important resolution, and to all City Council members for supporting it.”