Health Care

House Speaker Beth Harwell says she’s “really torn” over whether the state should embrace Obamacare enough to build virtual marketplaces for people and businesses to purchase health care coverage. A wave of governors from Southern states have indicated they’ll take a pass and let the federal government manage the Obamacare-mandated exchanges themselves, an idea the […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Health; August 6, 2012:  NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thanks to modern antibiotics, many infections are treated with relative ease with an injection or other form of these medications. But some germs have become resistant to these remedies and are harder to fight. MRSA, or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, is one […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Health; August 3, 2012:  NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Health announces that the suspension of admissions at Jackson Street Care Home has been lifted effective July 26, 2012. The facility is an 11-bed licensed home for the aged located at 472 East Jackson St. in Jackson. […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Health Care Campaign; August 1, 2012:  What benefits and services will Tennesseans get in the new affordable coverage options under health reform? It is up to our state leaders to decide! TN Department of Commerce & Insurance will only be accepting comments from patients and providers through next Friday, so […]

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Press Release from the Tennessee Department of Health; July 31, 2012:  NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new or expectant mother must make a lot of decisions that affect her health and the health of her baby. Among the most important: Should I breastfeed my baby? Governor Bill Haslam has declared Aug. 1-7 World Breastfeeding Week in […]

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Press release from the Department of Commerce & Insurance; July 26, 2012: NASHVILLE, TN – This is a reminder that Commerce and Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak will be conducting outreach meetings across the state to gather input about the health conditions that should be covered under essential health benefit categories. These public meetings are […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Health; July 23, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Tennessee State Parks’ eight restaurants now prominently post calorie content information, allowing visitors and staff members to make informed decisions about their food choices. This partnership initiative of the Tennessee Department of Health and the Department of Environment and Conservation complements ongoing […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam was mentioned prominently in a Forbes piece Thursday, after he and four other GOP governors said they would consider an expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care reform law if the money were awarded as a block grant. “Obviously, as a Republican, I’m with those folks who say, if you can […]

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Press release from CareSpot via PRNewswire.com; July 16, 2012:  Centers will open in early 2013 NASHVILLE, Tenn., July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — HCA’s TriStar Health and CareSpot have established a joint venture to bring as many as 15 urgent care centers to Middle Tennessee opening throughout 2013. The new partnership would make CareSpot and TriStar […]

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He leaves Friday for Williamsburg, Va. for the 104th annual meeting of the NGA. One facet of the SCOTUS ruling that’s been particularly interesting to Haslam is that the feds apparently can’t punish states for refusing to expand Medicaid.

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Newsletter from Tennessee Citizen Action; July 10, 2012:   COURT UPHOLDS HEALTH CARE LAW: Highlights from Celebration Rally On June 28 more than 100 Tennesseans gathered at Nashville General Hospital to celebrate the SCOTUS decision. The coalition of organizations leading the rally included: TN Health Care Campaign, TN Justice Center, TN Disability Coalition, Meharry Medical […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Health; July 9, 2012: NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Parents working on checklists to get their children ready for the start of school have an important health item to include: required immunizations. In Tennessee, children enrolling in school for the first time and all children going into 7th grade must […]

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