Double Your Impact — Keep the Fight Alive

This year, we’ve been fighting hard on issues ranging from healthcare security to payday lending to campaign finance transparency. We plan to keep fighting — this year and into the 2017 legislative session. And we’re pleased to have the support of activists from across the state. Now, we have a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our […]

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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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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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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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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  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

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  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

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  
Filed under Healthcare, Issues, Recent Blog Posts

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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