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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Proposed ACA modification falls apart
Senate health committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Tuesday said he is giving up on attempts to reach agreement on a limited, bipartisan proposal to stabilize the individual health insurance market in 2018, “Senator Murray and I had hoped to agree on a limited, bipartisan plan to stabilize 2018 premiums in the individual health insurance market that we could take to Senate leaders by the end of the month. During the last month, we have worked hard and in good faith, but have not found the necessary consensus among Republicans and Democrats to put a bill in the Senate leaders’ hands that could be enacted,” the senator said. There is an effort to see if a different bill aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act and known as Graham-Cassidy, can get through the Senate before a Sept. 30 deadline. It would put reshaping health insurance in the hands of the states, meaning each state would have different healthcare guidelines. States would get "block grants" and the legislation would end requirements that everyone have health insurance, and would allow insurers to deny coverage or charge more to people with pre-existing medical conditions. So the cost likely would put health care out of the reach of many who have pre-existing conditions. It also would cap spending on Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor and disabled. Craig Becker of the Tennessee Hospital Association opposes the plan saying the bill would increase premiums for those with pre-existing medical issues. He said the plan is "unacceptable and detrimental to our state." because an estimated 1.3 to 2.8 Tennesseeans would see increased premiums under the plan.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • No school
  • Fine shooting incident
  • Tennessee lottery celebrating 14 years
  • Brooks backs off school vouchers
  • Southerland appointed to committees
  • Voting procedures in Tennessee are secure
  • Smoky Park camping fees to increase
  • Alzheimer research initiative announced

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

  • Cocke Juvenile Court
  • No Cocke County school
  • Closings
  • Weather update
  • Cocke Circuit arrest warrants issued
  • Abbott charged
  • Bond scam
  • TBI has been dipping into it's Rainy Day Fund.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • No Wednesday school in Cocke County
  • Please conserve power
  • EDC wants input
  • Cushman faces new charges
  • Gas prices
  • School closings

    Monday, January 15, 2018

  • No school in Cocke County
  • Arrowood arrest
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • Valentine is the new rescue squad Capyain
  • Family of four die in West Tennessee home fire
  • 250K Tree Day in Tennessee

    Friday, January 12, 2018

  • Jefferson County Grand Jury
  • January 23...mark it on your calendar
  • Tennessee fire safety
  • TDOT is ready
  • Friends of the Animal Shelter open for business

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