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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Senate health plan and health providers
The Tennessee Hospital Association and the patient advocate group Alliance for Healthcare Security say the latest version of the Senate health care plan has fatal flaws. Hospital association president Craig Becker said the modified version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act released Thursday “does not have the best interest of Tennesseans at heart nor the hospitals that serve them." Becker cited dramatic long-term cuts to federal Medicaid funding and Medicare reimbursements to doctors, as well as reduced benefit requirements for insurance plans. The modified bill would not require insurers to cover the 10 basic health benefits. Lenda Sherrell, with the Alliance for Healthcare Security, said the revised Senate bill “ cuts coverage for tens of millions, raises premiums and costs for almost everyone and eliminates consumer protections that people depend on, all to pay for billions of dollars in tax cuts to big insurance and pharmaceutical companies and the wealthy.” Sherrell said ending Medicaid expansion and cutting $772 billion from the program over a decade will mean millions of people with disabilities, seniors in nursing homes and those dealing with opioid use disorders and other vulnerable populations who rely on Medicaid will have their coverage taken away. She also noted that under the revised Senate bill, 22 million people will lose coverage, including 634,600 in Tennessee, and premiums and out-of-pocket costs will soar. Sherrell said people with pre-existing conditions will be priced out of the individual market or be unable to obtain coverage for their illnesses. The "age tax" in the bill allows insurers to charge senior citizens up to five times as much as younger people for the same coverage, and the bill also defunds Planned Parenthood, which provides health services for 2.4 million low-income people each year.


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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

  • Cocke Grand Jury
  • Fletcher Ervin obit
  • Agribusiness grants
  • Dolly to record children's CD
  • Cocke County energy grant

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

  • Tax freeze for seniors
  • KOA Lane fire
  • Lee touts vouchers
  • Seniors and opiods
  • Comments on Sunday officer involved shooting

    Monday, August 14, 2017

  • Shooting Update
  • Cocke County officer involved shooting fatality
  • McMahan charges are pending
  • Clevenger injured in Saturday incident
  • Morris arrested on drug charges
  • Help to protect the Golden-Winged Warbler
  • Gas prices expected top drop

    Sunday, August 13, 2017

  • Smokies offers new education initiative
  • Roe recuperating following surgery
  • New truancy guidelines
  • Munsey sentenced

    Saturday, August 12, 2017

  • Newport camper fire
  • Cocke and Newport schools closed for solar eclipse
  • Newport man is victim of hit and run
  • Medical helicopter costs
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