The pandemic has serious health and economic effects, yet Tennessee still has to balance its budget. These are the challenges policymakers face and the tools they have right now.
Latest Data Show Mixed Progress & Persistent Rural-Urban Differences
Census data for Tennessee's 95 counties continue to show large differences in household income, poverty, education level, and health insurance coverage.
And The Factors That Influence Them
Families, businesses, and our economy all thrive when people enjoy good health, social and financial well-being, and the chance to make meaningful contributions to society.
Explore 12 ways Tennessee's governor and state lawmakers could prevent medical debt, help people manage it, and mitigate its effects.
Analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data on Tennessee's economy, with a regional look at 14 population centers across the state.
Counties with high rates of medical debt tend to have more uninsured residents, auto/retail loans and delinquencies, and payday lenders per capita.
Medical debt is unique from other types of debt for its connection to health-related circumstances that individuals often cannot predict or control.
Medical debt is surprisingly common in Tennessee across most demographic and socioeconomic groups, and it can have far-reaching effects on prosperity and health.
Medical Costs and Worker Absenteeism from Health Issues Attributed to Adverse Childhood Experiences
The economic cost of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) among Tennessee adults was $5.2 billion in direct medical costs and lost productivity in 2017.
Tennessee's budget may not have enough rainy day reserves to withstand the next recession without tax hikes or spending cuts.