Rural Hospitals Struggling

July 12, 2016 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

The Tennessean reports on the struggles faced by rural hospitals in the state, especially in light of a lack of Medicaid expansion because of inaction on Insure Tennessee: Tennova Healthcare, owned by Community Health Services, announced in March that the hospital would shutter its doors in May. The company cited several issues, including structural problems with the building, […]

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Time to End Forced Arbitration

Tennessee attorney Mark Chalos explains the harms of forced arbitration and why it’s time to end this anti-consumer practice. Arbitration was originally designed to streamline litigation costs for willing, legally savvy parties. The process has become a hidden tool used by corporations to avoid accountability for defrauding customers. A new federal rule would prohibit some […]

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A Look at the Legislature

My op-ed from today’s Tennessean on what the General Assembly accomplished (it’s not pretty) in 2016: We’ve come to understand that our state’s residents generally are safer when our General Assembly is not assembled. Things have become so laugh-to-keep-from-crying bad on Capitol Hill, it’s hard to pick just one “worst” bill of the year when […]

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What Will You Tell Them?

June 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Issues, Payday Lending, Recent Blog Posts

Back in March, I traveled to Washington, DC to represent you before staff of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). I had a clear message: Tennessee families can’t afford the devastating fees and never-ending debt trap that comes with payday and car title loans. Now, it’s your turn. The CFPB has released it’s proposed rule on payday […]

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A Plan for Healthcare Expansion

June 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

We’ve reported previously on Speaker Harwell’s healthcare task force. We noted that instead of passing Insure Tennessee — or even bringing it to the floor for a vote, the Speaker created a task force out of political expediency. Now, however, there is a plan to evaluate. While not as positive as Insure Tennessee, there are […]

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SHARK WEEK!

This week is SharkWeek — yes, it’s a time when cable viewers focus their attention on the predatory power of sharks. It’s also a time when we focus on the legalized loan sharks in our midst. Where are the payday predators in your town? This is your chance to expose them — take a picture and tweet us @TNCitizenAction — tell […]

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“This Can’t Be Legal”

NPR is out with a report on the debt trap caused by payday lending loan sharks: A few years ago, a man came to pastor Wes Helm at Springcreek Church in Garland, Texas, and opened up about his financial troubles. Helm looked through the man’s budget and noticed one major monthly expense: a payday loan […]

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Taking on Payday Predators

It’s a fight we can win. The fight to rein-in legalized loan sharks and stop the cycle of debt so often associated with payday and car title loans. Newschannel5 reports on our efforts to advocate for a strong rule from the CFPB on payday and car title loans:   For more on payday lending and stopping […]

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Stopping the Debt Trap

June 14, 2016 by  
Filed under Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Tennessee Citizen Action joined with consumer advocacy groups across the nation to push the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to adopt a strong rule to rein-in payday and car title lenders. That action is drawing attention. A recent story in American Banker notes: “The very nature of this business depends on people borrowing and then re-borrowing […]

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A Fight We Can Win

June 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Issues, Payday Lending, Recent Blog Posts

Yesterday, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a proposed rule designed to rein-in payday and car title loan sharks. We are pleased with this first step toward providing relief from the cycle of debt so many borrowers find themselves in after being preyed upon by payday predators. As the rule was being released, we released a report on […]

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