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Confusion, clerical errors impede TennCare renewal

State insurance nears halfway mark of yearlong post-COVID unwinding

More than 147,000 Tennesseans have lost TennCare coverage since April, as the state insurance provider nears the halfway point of a year-long unwinding process.

Stories to Watch 2023: TennCare Coverage

More than 350,000 Tennesseans are expected to lose coverage in the first post-pandemic renewal process

In April, for the first time in three years, all of TennCare’s 1.7 million members will be required to renew their enrollment in the program.

‘Obamacare’ enrollment spikes as TennCare unwinding continues

Insurance navigators credit improved outreach, lower prices for increased interest

A record 20.4 million people enrolled in Affordable Care Act health insurance this year, and Tennessee saw one of the biggest increases — a 49.8 percent jump in members compared to last year’s open enrollment period.

As of Jan. 10, 521,341 people had enrolled in Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare) coverage in Tennessee, up from 348,097 in the 2022-2023 open enrollment period. Just three states saw more growth than Tennessee: West Virginia at 63.4 percent; Louisiana at 62.7 percent; and Ohio at 51.9 percent.