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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam makes case for Insure Tennessee to General Assembly

 

Governor’s plan provides health care coverage to more Tennesseans at no cost to the state

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam this evening addressed a joint convention of the 109th General Assembly as legislators began an extraordinary legislative session to consider his Insure Tennessee plan.

The proposal, a two-year pilot program to provide market-based health care coverage to more than 250,000 Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options, does not create any new taxes for Tennesseans and will not add any state cost to the budget.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam issues Proclamation for Special Session to consider “Insure Tennessee”

 

Waiver amendment to be made available for a 30-day public comment period

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today issued a proclamation convening an “extraordinary session” of the 109th General Assembly to consider “Insure Tennessee,” a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who do not currently have access to health insurance or have limited options.

The program is designed to reward healthy behaviors, promote personal responsibility and incentivize preventative care and healthy choices.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam announces Insure Tennessee Plan

 

Provides health care coverage to more Tennesseans while addressing health outcomes and cost

State of TennesseeNashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam today unveiled his Insure Tennessee plan, a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options.

The program rewards healthy behaviors, prepares members to transition to private coverage, promotes personal responsibility and incentivizes choosing preventative and routine care instead of unnecessary use of emergency rooms.

The governor announced that he plans to call a special session to focus on the proposal after the 109th Tennessee General Assembly convenes in January.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

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Kids Count State of the Child: Are Tennessee Children Prepared to Learn?

 

Tennessee Commission on Children and YouthNashville, TN – At the beginning of the school year, children wait for the school bus or in the drop-off lane for their first experience of school. Many of them arrive with the skills they need to learn. Many, however, arrive with gaps in the foundation for learning that must be filled so they can make the most of their experience.

Children do not enter school as blank slates, each equally impressionable to educators’ efforts. Children enter school with figurative backpacks. Some children come with an eagerness to learn, good health, emotional security and a sense of safety fostered by a supportive family and community. Others come without important tools for learning and already weighed down by the trauma of poverty, hunger, violence or abuse.

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Nashville Zoo to have Free Admission for Seniors this Saturday, September 22nd

 

Nashville ZooNashville, TN – Nashville’s senior community is invited to a free day at Nashville Zoo courtesy of Cigna-HealthSpring®. Nashville Zoo is partnering with Cigna-HealthSpring for this year’s final biannual Senior Day at the Zoo on Monday, September 22nd.

Adults ages 65 and older will receive free Zoo admission from 9:00am – 4:00pm and a $5.00 voucher that can be used for purchases at the Zoo’s food locations. There will be a $5.00 parking fee per vehicle.

Senior Day at the Nashville Zoo. (Amiee Stubbs)

Senior Day at the Nashville Zoo. (Amiee Stubbs)

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Tennessee Democrats call for action on Medicaid expansion

 

Yesterday marks the one year anniversary of Governor Haslam’s “Tennessee plan” speech

Nashville, TN –  At a press conference yesterday, House Democrats joined together to mark the one year anniversary of Governor Haslam’s “Tennessee plan” speech to the General Assembly. Democrats called on the Governor and legislature to stop delaying and expand Medicaid now.

“It is well past time for Tennessee to join Arkansas, Iowa, Indiana and Pennsylvania in submitting a plan to the federal government to expand Medicaid,” said Rep. Sherry Jones (D-Nashville). “While the ‘Tennessee plan’ will probably be less efficient and beneficial than a traditional Medicaid expansion, any plan would be better than no plan at all.”

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Tennessee State Representative John Tidwell Legislative Update, March 20th, 2014

 

Education Standards Continue to be Scrutinized

Tennessee State Representative - District 74Nashville, TN – After many months of concerns being raised by parents and teachers across Tennessee, Democrats and Republicans joined together on the House floor to push a series of amendments to a bill that would delay the further implementation of Common Core and the PARCC tests associated with them for two years.

Governor Bill Haslam opposed the House version while this week the Senate has voted a different path which is not necessarily the Governor’s path. These actions are brewing for a real fight for the rest of the session. «Read the rest of this article»

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American Stroke Association says new stroke outcome measures don’t consider stroke severity

 

American Stroke Association - American Heart AssociationSan Diego, CA - New measures that look at the quality of care provided by hospitals to stroke patients may wind up negatively affecting stroke care, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association said in a statement.

The stroke outcome measures, which profile hospital performance for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, look at whether patients die or were readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. But they do not consider the stroke’s severity, even though that determination is essential to outcomes, said the AHA.

Hospitals caring for stroke patients should use a consistent standardized risk adjustment model.  (American Heart Association)

Hospitals caring for stroke patients should use a consistent standardized risk adjustment model. (American Heart Association)

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Tennessee State Representative John Tidwell Legislative Update, February 13th, 2014

 

Tennessee State Representative - District 74Nashville, TN – On February 3rd, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam delivered his fourth State of the State address to the legislature.

The highlight of the speech was the Governor’s plan to revive – and expand – a proposal from former Governor Bredesen to offer free college tuition to graduating high school seniors going to community or technical colleges.

In 2007, Governor Bredesen proposed using lottery funds to guarantee a free community or technical college degree for any graduating senior with a ‘C’ average or higher. The plan ultimately failed to receive the support of the Republicans in the State Senate. «Read the rest of this article»

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Tennessee Department of Health reports more Drug Dependent Newborns in State already than in all of 2011

 

TDH Projects 33 Percent Increase by End of Year     

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – In just slightly more than nine months this year, more babies in Tennessee have been born dependent on drugs their mothers took during pregnancy than in all of 2011.

By the first week of October, 643 babies were born dependent, compared with 629 for all of 2011.

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