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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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Monday, July 24, 2017

  • Cocke County fires
  • Authorities search for man wearing a hoodie
  • Mullins charged
  • Bush Bean recall
  • Boyd to run across Tennessee
  • Gas prices to rise in the short term.

    Saturday, July 22, 2017

  • Fire/Rescue to get new building
  • Jefferson County eligible for FEMA aid
  • Effort to increase physical activity in Cocke County
  • Dunn to prosecute Sheriff Watson
  • Jefferson County motor home fire
  • FAFSA applications are up
  • Overbey to be US Attorney for East Tennessee
  • Senator Lamar Alexander votes for farm and research programs

    Friday, July 21, 2017

  • Partnership and EDC meeting
  • Revised healthcare law
  • Tennessee governors race
  • Lawsuit filed in Ferris wheel accident

    Thursday, July 20, 2017

  • Lane sentencing
  • Assistance available to local farmers
  • ThreeStar award for Cocke County
  • Senate healthcare bill
  • Hot, Hot temperatures are predicted

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

  • Cocke County budget discussions
  • Parrottsville fire
  • Financial literacy for Tennessee adults
  • Benanti receives lengthy sentence
  • Dunn/Ray arrest
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