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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A Tennessee for All Town Hall

August 19, 2013 by  
Filed under Recent Blog Posts

A Tennessee for All Town Hall is a direct response to the extremism that Jim Demint and Heritage Action for America (aka The Heritage Foundation) are bringing to middle-Tennessee next week with their “Defund Obamacare Town Hall Tour.” JOIN: Tennessee Citizen Action and… Senator Estes Kefauver (portrayed by Greg Welsch) Writer/Filmmaker Molly Secours (www.mollysecours) Michele […]

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Statement on Supreme Court Voting Rights Act Decision

June 27, 2013 by  
Filed under Fair Elections, Recent Blog Posts

Today, Tennessee Citizen Action was invited to stand with the NAACP Nashville Branch, the ACLU of TN, the Urban League of Middle Tennessee, and others in acknowleging that this week the Supreme Court delivered a devastating setback to civil rights in America. Our statement: In the Court’s eyes, “things have changed dramatically” since the days of […]

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Supreme Court: States Cannot Demand Additional Proof of Citizenship To Register to Vote. Ted Cruz: “We’ll See About That.”

June 17, 2013 by  
Filed under Fair Elections, Recent Blog Posts

Yesterday the Supreme Court ruled that states cannot demand additional proof of citizenship to register to vote. Almost immediately after, Senator Ted Cruz of  Texas filed an amendment to the immigration reform bill that “permits states to require ID for voter registration.” From RollCall: In his majority opinion, Justice Antonin Scalia explained that while Arizona’s law […]

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Business Leaders Back Federal Immigration Reform

From the Tennessean:  A group of Tennessee business leaders lent their support Thursday for federal legislation aimed at comprehensive immigration reform. The bill is currently pending in the U.S. Senate. “It is definitively time to reform a flawed immigration system,” said Catherine Glover, president of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “Reform will establish […]

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FROM TIRRC: Tennessee Voters Support Senate Immigration Bill 3-to-1

Good news from Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition: According to the results of Harper Polling, an independent polling firm, over three-fourths of Tennessee voters support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers and families already here. Over three-fourths also think the bill currently in Congress is tough but fair, and want Senators Alexander and […]

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