Nashville, 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.
Keeping your child’s vaccinations up to date helps keep schools Safe
Nashville, TN – Frequent news reports about whooping cough and measles, diseases long thought vanquished by vaccines in the US, serve as a reminder of the importance of getting back-to-school immunizations for your child now.
In Tennessee, children enrolling in school for the first time and all children going into seventh grade must provide schools with a state immunization certificate before classes start as proof they have had all the immunizations necessary to protect them and their classmates from serious vaccine-preventable diseases. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Health says information now available to Health Care Providers and Patients about new State Laws related to Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Subcabinet is providing useful information to health care providers and patients about recent changes to state laws and rules related to babies that are born dependent on drugs.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, or NAS, occurs when a baby receives certain drugs, primarily narcotics, through the umbilical cord and is abruptly cut off from that supply at birth and then experiences a variety of withdrawal symptoms. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Many students across Tennessee are enjoying their summer break. But it won’t be long before the bell rings for the new school year, and it’s never too early to think about school immunizations. Tennessee students are required to have a number of immunizations for school attendance.
“Getting vaccinated is so important to help protect all of us from infectious diseases,” said Kelly Moore, MD, MPH, director of the Tennessee Immunization Program. “Making sure your children have their required vaccinations is a good way to help ensure students won’t be out of the classroom due to a preventable illness.”
Tennessee Governor, Commissioners announce Strategic Plan To Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse Epidemic
Nashville, TN - Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam joined Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Commissioner E. Douglas Varney and others today to announce “Prescription for Success,” the state’s plan to prevent and treat prescription drug abuse in Tennessee.
Prescription drug abuse is a pervasive, multi-dimensional issue impacting Tennessee individuals, families, and communities. Of the 4,850,000 adults in Tennessee, it is estimated that nearly 5 percent (about 221,000) have used pain relievers, also known as prescription opioids, in the past year for non-medical purposes. Of those, it is estimated that 69,100 are addicted to prescription opioids and require treatment for prescription opioid abuse.
Clarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University Foundation has selected 10 new members for 2014.
The APSU Foundation provides the structure through which the University can work directly with special volunteers and community leaders to enhance the financial well being of the University. The Foundation’s purpose is to financially support the University. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Health says Measles Protection important for all who travel outside the United States
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health is reminding those who travel abroad of the need for vaccination against measles.
Although measles was officially eradicated from the United States in 2000, it is still present in other regions of the world including Western Europe and cases continue to occur among Americans returning from foreign travel and among foreign visitors to the United States.
Vaccination against measles is extremely effective. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – In 2013, 921 newborns in Tennessee experienced withdrawal from drugs their mothers used while pregnant.
Many people across Tennessee, including a group of state leaders, are working to reduce that number and in the past year launched several efforts to help prevent the suffering and expenses associated with the condition known as neonatal abstinence syndrome, or NAS.
Clarksville, TN – Clarksville resident Dr. Harold Vann served as a pediatrician for 37 years.
His training began at the University of Tennessee Medical School followed by an internship and residency in Pediatrics at the City of Memphis Hospital followed by another residency in Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University.
He served as president of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and he is distinguished for his efforts to establish KidsCare, a pediatric clinic devoted to serving TennCare patients in Montgomery County; Dr. Vann served as Chief of Pediatrics and Chief of Staff at Clarksville Memorial Hospital.
Nashville, 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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