Healthcare Task Force Meetings Scheduled

Speaker Harwell’s Healthcare Task Force will hold meetings this Thursday in Johnson City and Knoxville. The Johnson City meeting will be held from 10AM to Noon at the ETSU School of Medicine and the Knoxville meeting will be held from 4PM to 6PM at Pellissippi State. The public is invited to attend and provide input. […]

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Healthcare Task Force Meets

April 27, 2016 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

Speaker Beth Harwell’s healthcare task force held its first meeting yesterday, and learned about the current state of healthcare access in Tennessee. From the Tennessean regarding the current coverage gap: Those who are in the gap do not qualify for Medicaid coverage and don’t make enough to qualify for tax credits to buy insurance from the […]

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Tonight at 7!

April 20, 2016 by  
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Tonight at 7PM I’ll be live on Open Line on NewsChannel5+ in Nashville discussing access to healthcare and Insure Tennessee. Last week, we saw Speaker Beth Harwell announce a task force instead of proposing action on access to affordable healthcare. There’s no clear plan yet. Task force members have yet to talk to the federal government, who must […]

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Harwell’s Impossible Mission

April 14, 2016 by  
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Following Speaker Beth Harwell’s disappointing healthcare announcement on Monday, Tennessee Citizen Action and others criticized her lack of decisive action in the direction of improving access to care. The Tennessean noticed: Underwhelming is the kindest way to describe the response to Speaker Beth Harwell’s “3-Star Healthy Project,” a task force to prepare alternatives to Gov. […]

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Not Even Kidding

I’m not even kidding. House Speaker Beth Harwell held a press conference today to make what she labeled a “major healthcare announcement.” After Governor Haslam spent nearly a year and a half developing Insure Tennessee, the legislature has spent two consecutive sessions avoiding votes and serious discussions of the plan that would provide access to healthcare […]

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Of Shoes and InsureTN

April 6, 2016 by  
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WPLN reports that InsureTN activists are turning to shoes to make a point about the need for a floor vote on the Medicaid expansion measure: Supporters of Gov. Bill Haslam’s Medicaid expansion proposal barricaded the entrance to a prominent lawmaker’s office Tuesday, using a pile of shoes. The message to House Speaker Beth Harwell was […]

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Turning Up the Heat on Harwell

March 23, 2016 by  
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Newschannel5 has the story of how activists supporting Insure Tennessee are turning up the heat on House Speaker Beth Harwell — calling on her to bring the legislation to the House floor for a vote. Activists, who want the state Legislature to expand Medicaid benefits to Tennesseans who lack health coverage, have turned up the […]

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Massey Stands Up for InsureTN

A recent profile of state Senator Becky Massey of Knoxville noted that she has been a consistent supporter of Governor Haslam’s proposed Medicaid expansion known as InsureTN. Specifically, the Nashville Ledger notes: …she voted twice in 2015 for Insure Tennessee as a member of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, once in special session and once […]

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Speaking Up for the Uninsured

November 11, 2015 by  
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The Jackson Sun has the story of healthcare providers speaking up for the needs of the uninsured as Tennessee policymakers continue to wrestle with the fate of Insure Tennessee. Family Nurse Practitioner Charles Ricard spoke of the need to provide access to care for the chronically ill: “Chronic diseases are the things that consume a […]

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A Long Walk for Healthcare

In yesterday’s Tennessean, there’s a compelling story about the ongoing fight to expand Medicaid in our state. The story details the efforts of 20-year-old Fisk student Justin Jones to bring attention to the need for Insure Tennessee. Here’s an excerpt: Justin Jones, a 20-year-old Fisk University student, is walking 273 miles from a town in North Carolina […]

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