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University of Tennessee Study shows Tennessee’s Uninsured Number Up Slightly, But Still Near 20-Year Low

 

University of TennesseeKnoxville, TN – A University of Tennessee, Knoxville report released today shows that Tennessee’s overall uninsured rate increased from the 2016 level of 5.5 percent to 6 percent in 2017.  Nonetheless, the reported uninsured rate is still at one of the lowest levels in the past two decades.

The report entitled The Impact of TennCare: A Survey of Recipients, 2017, released by UT’s Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, summarizes findings from a survey conducted between May and July 2017.

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Houston County Woman Charged 2nd Time with TennCare Drug Fraud

 

TennCareNashville, TN – A Houston County woman is charged for a second time with TennCare fraud involving prescription drugs.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) with the assistance of the Houston County Sheriff’s Office has announced the arrest of Chrystal H. Hastings, 44, of Erin, TN. Hastings is charged with four counts of TennCare fraud for presenting forged prescriptions for the painkiller Oxycodone, using TennCare healthcare insurance benefits to pay for the forgeries.

Chrystal H. Hastings has been arrested and charged with four counts of TennCare fraud.

Chrystal H. Hastings has been arrested and charged with four counts of TennCare fraud.

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Houston County Woman Charged with 31 Counts of TennCare Fraud

 

TennCareNashville, TN – A Houston County woman is charged in Montgomery County with TennCare fraud for creating and filling fraudulent prescriptions, using TennCare as payment.        

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) with the assistance of the 19th Judicial Drug Task Force today announced the arrest of Chrystal Hope Hastings, 44, of Erin, TN. She is charged with 31 counts of TennCare fraud and 25 counts of prescription drug fraud. 

Chrystal Hope Hastings of Houston County was charged in Montgomery County with TennCare Fraud.

Chrystal Hope Hastings of Houston County was charged in Montgomery County with TennCare Fraud.

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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 11

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 11 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 5

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 5 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 4

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 4 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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2017 Tennessee Legislative First Session Final Report – Part 1

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The first session of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly adjourned on May 10th, 2017, after passing major legislation that will benefit Tennesseans for generations to come. This is Part 1 of a 12 Part report.

This includes a measure making Tennessee the first state in the nation to offer all adults without a degree tuition-free access to community college; a new law rebuilding a safe and reliable transportation network, while reallocating revenues to maximize taxpayers’ return on that investment; and a bill which provides a responsible path to improve access to broadband through investment, deregulation, and education. 

Action in the General Assembly also included passage of a balanced budget which takes on no new debt, as well as legislation protecting the elderly, enhancing the state’s robust job growth, cracking down on crime, and boosting efforts as the fastest improving state in the nation in K-12 student achievement.  Following is a report on key legislation passed this year.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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Comprehensive Wellness Pharmacy now Accepting TennCare

 

Comprehensive Wellness PharmacyClarksville, TN – Comprehensive Wellness Pharmacy, a local pharmacy located at 495 Dunlop Lane, is pleased to announce that they are now accepting TennCare.

TennCare is the state of Tennessee’s Medicaid program that provides health care for approximately 1.5 million Tennesseans. TennCare is one of the oldest Medicaid managed care programs in the country, having begun on January 1st, 1994.

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Comprehensive Wellness Pharmacy store

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Tennessee House begins Budget Hearings

 

Written by Curtis Johnson
Tennessee State Representative

Tennessee State Representative - District 68Nashville, TN – The House Finance, Ways & Means Committee begin their Budget Hearings on Wednesday with presentations by the Department of Financial Institutions, the Tennessee Human Rights Commission, and the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. The Committee will spend approximately 50 hours listening to the budgets of all the department and entities of state government.

Some of the testimony next week will be from the constitutional officers, the Administrative Office of the Courts, District Public Defenders Conference, Tennessee Historical Commission, Department of Education (K-12), the Department of Correction, and others.

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

Tennessee State Representative Curtis Johnson

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TBI Medicaid Fraud Investigation Indicts, Charges Nurse

 

Tennessee Bureau of InvestigationNashville, TN – Special Agents in the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit have obtained an indictment for a nurse accused of falsifying records, resulting in fraudulent claims to TennCare.

After receiving information from the Tennessee Department of Health, Agents began investigating Brenda Shields (DOB 4-4-70) on March 14th. During the course of the investigation, Agents developed information that Shields, while working as an Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for CareAll, falsified timesheets and nursing notes, forged client signatures, and did not work some of her shifts as reported to her employer.

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