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The Rural Hospital Crisis

From The Tomahawk in Mountain City: “Rural hospitals are finding it difficult to stay open lately,” said Johnson County Community Hospital spokesperson Chastity Trivette while addressing the topic of the facility’s current status in Mountain City. Trivette emphasized that Ballad Health is making it possible for hospitals located in rural communities... [Read more]

What Does Medicare for All Mean?

Our national partners at People’s Action explain more about Medicare for All: As the health care debate heats up, it’s time to be clear about what Medicare for All is and what it is not. Medicare for All does not mean giving people the option to “buy in” to Medicare under our current health insurance system—what might be called Medicare... [Read more]

Welcome to Ducktown

Tennessee is experiencing a crisis in rural communities. Hospitals are closing at a record pace, leaving many Tennesseans with little access to care close to home. The Tennessean reports on this crisis — a crisis that could be addressed by Medicaid Expansion: Inside the locked doors of Copper Basin Medical Center, the halls are as cold and still... [Read more]

Trump’s Payday Predator Protection Plan

47 Senators have written a joint letter to oppose President Trump’s Payday Predator Protection Plan. Here’s more from the office of Senator Jeff Merkley: Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley, along with Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and top Banking Committee Democrat Sherrod Brown (D-OH), today led a group of 47 Senators in opposing... [Read more]

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Economic Justice

Toward a People’s Agenda for Tennessee

Our state has a new Governor and the 111th General Assembly is on the verge of returning... 

A People’s Agenda for Tennessee

In the Memphis Commercial Appeal, I laid out a vision for a People’s Agenda... 

An Embarrassment

The Charlotte Observer talks about Wells Fargo: In Charlotte, a city that has long... 

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Consumer Protections

Report Raises Concerns About Record Auto Debt

A new report from our friends at PIRG raises concerns about rising auto debt. Here’s... 

TN Lemon Law Earns a “D”

Tennessee, a state historically at the bottom of rankings for consumer protections,... 

Transparency in Hospital Pricing (Sort of)

A new federal law gives consumers more insight into how much services at a hospital... 

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