TennCare Blasted In Obituary

The parents of a schizophrenic man who committed suicide blame TennCare cuts for his death in an obituary they placed to draw attention to the impact of reducing public-funded mental health care in Tennessee.

Frank and Ann Zingheim, who live in Cumberland County, placed the obituary in Sunday’s edition of The Tennessean newspaper for their 48-year-old son, Francis Scott Zingheim, and noted that he was no longer eligible for a case management program after he was dropped from the state’s expanded Medicaid program during major cuts in 2005.

The younger Zingheim, who was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, died after jumping from the 12th floor of his Knoxville apartment building on March 31, his family said.

His parents wrote their sadness was compounded by the lack of effective mental health treatment.