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.
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health encourages parents to have their school-age children immunized now to avoid long lines and extended wait times that may occur closer to the start of the 2015-2016 school year.
Immunization requirements apply to any student enrolling in a Tennessee school for the first time including all Kindergarten students. Requirements also apply to all rising seventh graders.
Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day Bill passes Tennessee House of Representatives, Headed to Governor Bill Haslam
Services to Military Families with Exceptional Family members proposal also advances
Nashville, TN – Legislation to declare September 18th each year as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day passed by the House of Representatives on Monday, March 30th, and is now headed to the Governor for his signature. Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) was the Senate sponsor.
“Declaring September 18th as Carbon Monoxide Awareness Day, in perpetuity, was the brainchild of Skylar Hughes, a former student of Katy Over, one of the Bikers Who Care who tragically lost their lives on that fateful day,” Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts said.
Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts Appointed to Serve on Education Instruction and Programs, Insurance and Banking, and Ethics Committees
Pitts also appointed to the Education Instruction and Programs Subcommittee
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) on Saturday was appointed by House of Representatives Speaker Beth Harwell to serve on the new Education Instruction & Programs, Insurance and Banking, and Ethics Committees in the 109th General Assembly.
“I am grateful for the appointments to these key committees in the House of Representatives,” said Pitts. “Education and jobs continue to be among my priorities and these appointments will help sharpen that focus for our next term.”
Provides health care coverage to more Tennesseans while addressing health outcomes and cost
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.
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