Nashville, TN – In just a few days, thousands of students from across Tennessee will take their seats in classrooms to begin a new academic year filled with wonderful experiences and learning opportunities.
As these youngsters start opening books and mingling with friends, some will miss out on the important first few days of school, unable to attend because they aren’t properly immunized to prevent the spread of dangerous, infectious diseases.
Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts
Nashville, TN – The recent report from the 3-Star Health Task Force is now in the books and deserves great scrutiny and a modicum of praise for their work.
You will recall the task force was appointed by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell in response to the growing need to address the rising number of Tennesseans who fall into the “coverage gap”, or those who don’t qualify for the state run TennCare nor the Health Care Marketplace policies made available by the Affordable Care Act.
Allow me to applaud Speaker Harwell for creating the Task Force in the face of brisk criticism for the Tennessee General Assembly’s inaction in addressing the need for more Tennesseans to have access to health care options through a viable health insurance plan.
Nashville, TN – Another school year will soon begin for many students in Tennessee and now is the time to make sure they receive the required immunizations for school attendance.
‘’Vaccines are critical protection for our own children and help keep other kids around them safe from many diseases,’’ said TDH Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “The measles outbreak we just emerged from in Memphis should serve as a vivid wake-up call and remind us how lucky we are to have vaccines that protect us. Please make sure you and yours have the vaccines you need.”
Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson
Nashville, TN – The 109th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on April 22nd, 2016 to become a part of Tennessee history with passage of major legislation to reduce crime, cut tax burdens, spur job growth, accelerate the state’s success in K-12 education, boost the number of college graduates, curb drug abuse and curtail drunk driving.
State lawmakers also passed significant legislation to ease traffic congestion, reduce child abuse, aid farmers, increase access to healthcare and medication, increase voter participation and provide a safer environment for the elderly.
Following, please find a copy of some of the highlights of this year’s legislative action.
Tennessee Department of Health says Properly Fluoridated Community Water Important For All Tennesseans
Written by John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH
and Wendy Long, MD, MPH
Nashville, TN – Tennessee strongly encourages communities to fluoridate their water supplies to reduce the impact of oral disease on our kids’ physical, emotional and economic well-being, in particular the impact to our state’s most vulnerable children.
Community water fluoridation is a proven prevention strategy fundamental to health equity and optimal health for all and the science is clear: Fluoride provides substantial benefits throughout our lives at a low cost, with $1.00 spent on fluoride saving $38.00 in future dental treatment costs.
Nashville, TN – A Cheatham County man is charged with TennCare fraud in connection with the sale of prescription drugs paid for by the state’s health care insurance program.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of David Lee Weaks, 51, of Ashland City.
Nashville, TN – A Dickson County woman is charged in Williamson County with TennCare fraud in connection with the sale of prescription drugs paid for by the state’s health care insurance program.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Dickson and Williamson County Sheriff’s Offices, announced the arrest of Vicki Lynn Spain, 46, of Dickson Tennessee. She is charged with TennCare fraud after authorities say she used TennCare benefits to obtain the painkiller Oxycodone, and later sold a portion.
Knoxville, TN – On Tuesday, the House Finance, Ways and Means Committee is expected to vote on House Bill 700 by Representative Jay Reedy (R-Erin) which would drastically weaken Tennessee’s motorcycle helmet law and undoubtedly increase deaths, traumatic brain injury and medical costs in the state.
The proposed bill would allow riders 21 years and older not insured with TennCare, to ride without a helmet. Tennessee’s current law requires all motorcyclists to wear a helmet, regardless of age or experience of the rider.
Nashville, TN – A Henry County woman is charged in Sumner County with fraudulently obtaining TennCare benefits by falsely claiming that she had a dependent in her home, in order to qualify for the program’s healthcare insurance benefits.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office, Monday announced the arrest of Amber R. Kirtley, 36, of Paris, TN.
Nashville, TN – A Robertson County woman is charged in nearby Rutherford County with her second charge related to doctor shopping. That’s where a person goes to multiple doctors in a short time period to obtain the same or similar controlled substances, using TennCare as payment.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG), with the assistance of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, today announced the arrest of Dana D. Barnett, 38, of Cedar Hill.
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