Medicaid coverage brings shame, disgrace

Recipients of TennCare often feel shame, disgrace and blame because they must depend on the state's Medicaid program, The Kansas City Star reported. Tennessee Tech University researchers found intrusive TennCare questions, serious limitations and transportation challenges to attend doctor's appointments can cause people to avoid healthcare altogether, widening healthcare disparities. On top of the stigma of Medicaid coverage, people receiving TennCare also told researchers they feel helpless about getting dropped from the system if they break the rules, the article noted. Article

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