Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts from House District 67 generously takes the time to provides the readers of with updates on issues which are currently on the legislative agenda for the Tennessee House of Representatives which may be of interest to the residents of Clarksville-Montgomery County.
Leverages Federal dollars to purchase private health insurance for Tennesseans without access
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam unveiled his plan to pursue real health care reform in the state.
Haslam announced that he will not expand TennCare rolls under the Affordable Care Act but instead is working to leverage the available federal dollars to purchase private health insurance for Tennesseans who would not otherwise have access to coverage.
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Nashville, TN – January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and the Tennessee Department of Health is urging all women to get needed screening for cervical cancer in 2013. Cervical cancer is a silent killer that strikes without symptoms or pain until the disease is in the most advanced stage. However, cervical cancer is highly preventable due to the availability of screening tests and the vaccine against Human Papillomavirus.
“Deaths from cervical cancer could be reduced dramatically through the combination of vaccination and regular Pap testing,” said Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH. “The survival rate is almost 100 percent for women whose cervical cancer is found at an early stage. All women should get periodic screening for cervical cancer and talk with their health care providers about ways to prevent and reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer.” «Read the rest of this article»
Seasonal Flu Cases Now Widespread in Tennessee
Nashville, TN – Flu season has officially arrived in Tennessee, with cases of seasonal influenza now categorized as widespread in our state. But it’s not too late to vaccinate!
The Tennessee Department of Health urges all Tennesseans who have not yet received a flu vaccine to get one now to help protect vulnerable people around them, their families and themselves from the flu virus. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Health leads Statewide effort to address problem of Babies Born Dependent on Addictive Drugs
Nashville, TN – Weighing in at just over four pounds, one of the newest residents of Tennessee isn’t just premature, he’s dependent on addictive drugs.
Within a few hours of the delivery, hospital staff members knew by his seizures, high-pitched cries, tremors, fever and vomiting this innocent baby was another tragic case of neonatal abstinence syndrome, a condition caused when an unborn child is exposed to powerful drugs used legally or illegally by a mother during pregnancy. «Read the rest of this article»
Tennessee Department of Health tells Parents it’s time for Back-To-School Immunizations and Checkups
Nashville, TN – Parents working on checklists to get their children ready for the start of school have an important health item to include: required immunizations.
In Tennessee, children enrolling in school for the first time and all children going into 7th grade must provide schools with a state immunization certificate before classes start as proof they have had immunizations necessary to protect them and their classmates from serious vaccine-preventable diseases. «Read the rest of this article»
Clarksville, TN – On May 9th, 2012 J. R. Hand opened his home to hold an event for Doctor Mark Green’s campaign for State Senate in District 22, which includes Montgomery, Houston and Stewart Counties.
In attendance for the event were Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, State Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, State Senate Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron, State Senator Jack Johnson, State Senator Ken Yager, State Senator Brian Kelsey, Commissioner of Economics and Community Development Bill Hagerty and Montgomery County State Representative Curtis Johnson. J. R. Hand’s father Charles Hand was also in attendance. «Read the rest of this article»
Marsha Blackburn notes concerns about funding for Higher Education during visit at Austin Peay State University
Clarksville, TN – An expanded Medicaid and other rising health care costs will impact Tennessee financially, but how those escalating expenses will shortchange state allocations for higher education concerns U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn.
“What we learned from TennCare is that every dollar went to health care, and higher education lost out,” Blackburn said during a visit April 2nd at. “We are incredibly concerned about what health care on a federal level is going to do to states and colleges and universities.”
January is Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
Nashville, TN – January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, and the Tennessee Department of Health is urging all women to get screened for cervical cancer in 2012. Cervical cancer is a silent killer that strikes without symptoms or pain until the disease is in the most advanced stage.
“The survival rate is almost 100 percent for women whose cervical cancer is found at an early stage. Deaths from cervical cancer could be decreased dramatically through the combination of vaccination and regular Pap testing,” Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH, said. “We urge all women to get screened for cervical cancer and talk to their health care providers about ways to prevent and reduce the risk of developing cervical cancer.” «Read the rest of this article»
Phone Lines will open 6:00pm CST September 12th
Nashville, TN – The TennCare Standard Spend Down program will again offer open enrollment opportunities to new applicants on Monday, September 12th, 2011 beginning at 6:00pm CST.
Standard Spend Down is available through a waiver to the Medicaid program for a limited number of qualified low income individuals, or those with high, unpaid medical bills who are aged, blind, disabled, or the caretaker relative of a Medicaid eligible child. Eligible individuals must have enough unpaid medical bills to meet the “spend down” threshold to qualify for coverage. «Read the rest of this article»
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