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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How to Stop the Sharks!

A Tennessee Loan Shark on the Prowl Legalized loan sharks in Tennessee use payday loans to prey on vulnerable, hard-working citizens. But, Tennessee Citizen Action is fighting back. In this issue of The Loan Shark Ledger, we have a handy video that shows how the payday lenders can be reined-in. The Pew Trusts explain what can be […]

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Baptists Join Fight Against Payday Predators

A Tennessee Loan Shark on the Prowl Momentum is building to rein-in the legalized loan sharking that is payday lending. We recently introduced The Loan Shark Ledger — a chronicle of the usurious practices of payday lenders. Just this week, religious leaders representing a diverse group of faiths, including the Nashville-based Southern Baptist Convention, announced a bold […]

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Taking a Bite Out of Loan Sharks

  Last week, we introduced The Loan Shark Ledger — Tennessee’s chronicle of the legalized loan sharking that is payday lending. This week, I’m pleased to let you know people are taking notice. Two different news outlets reported on our efforts to rein-in the sharks. Here’s what they reported: Trapped in a Cycle of Debt – WKPT […]

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Introducing The Loan Shark Ledger

Legalized loan sharks in Tennessee can charge up to 375% for a payday loan. And the lobbyists for these predators are fighting to keep it that way. But, Tennessee Citizen Action is fighting back. We’re introducing The Loan Shark Ledger. It’s a weekly email newsletter aimed at keeping the loan sharks in check. We’ll give you news […]

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Thanks to Senators Alexander, Corker for Supporting CHIP

Last night, the Senate passed a two-year extension of funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both voted in favor of this important funding extension. We appreciate the affirmative votes of our two Senators on this fundamental health security legislation.  The extension passed with bipartisan support.  We are happy to […]

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Insure TN: Bring it to a Vote!

This week, after winning two key committee votes, Insure TN — the Governor’s plan to expand Medicaid to some 280,000 Tennesseans — was rejected in the Senate Commerce Committee. While the bill has twice met an untimely defeat, there’s one last chance to revive the plan and improve the health security of Tennessee families. Legislative […]

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Conflicted Senator Green Should Resign from Commerce Committee

 Today, we’re calling on Senator Mark Green to resign from the Senate Commerce Committee: If Sen. Mark Green can’t vote on matters pertaining to health insurance, he doesn’t belong on the Senate Commerce and Insurance Committee and should resign, Tennessee Citizen Action Executive Director Andy Spears said. “We’re talking about issues that impact the health […]

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Miscarriage of Justice Act Deemed Unconstitutional

Back in 2011, we told you all about Governor Bill Haslam’s “Miscarriage of Justice Act” — legislation that placed caps on damages in most personal injury and medical malpractice cases. We told you then that if the bill became law, hard working Tennesseans would be punished by a system that placed an arbitrary dollar value on a person’s […]

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Medicaid Expansion in Tennessee: Saving Money and Saving Lives

September 5, 2013 by  
Filed under Healthcare, Recent Blog Posts

By Daniel Horwitz In deciding whether or not to expand Medicaid coverage here in Tennessee, Governor Haslam faces a simple choice: accept $10.5 billion in Federal funds over the next six years to provide health insurance for an additional 331,000 Tennesseans, or continue to force our poorest neighbors to get their healthcare in emergency rooms. […]

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