Talking about gun violence in the U.S. is difficult. Personal feelings run high, and the environment for conversation degrades quickly. This conversation focuses what we know about the human toll of gun violence in the United States and in Tennessee. We do not advocate a political position or argue for more or fewer firearms restrictions.Read More
President Trump and Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander are two key players in the immediate future of health coverage in this country. Decisions about the individual marketplaces, open enrollment, cost-sharing payments to insurers are being made. But Trump and Alexander are pointing in different directions, emphasizing strong disagreement about the best way forward.Read More
Polk County is the very southeast corner of Tennessee. Its population is just shy of 17,000. It’s known for its whitewater rafting and was once the epicenter of Tennessee’s copper industry. And, at this moment, it has no hospital. The Copper Basin Medical Center closed this month, not only leaving Polk Countians without immediate medical care, but becoming the tenth rural hospital in the state to close since 2010. Today, we look at the challenges rural hospitals face.Read More
Circle September 30 on your calendar. That's the end of the current federal fiscal year. With it may come significant changes for a children's insurance program, less money for community health centers, and a possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Plus: Appalachian health typically fares worse than the rest of the country. We briefly discuss the roots of the region's health disparities.Read More
In testimony last week before the U.S. Senate's Health, Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee, Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie Mix McPeak and Governor Bill Haslam urged Congress to keep paying cost-sharing payments called CSRs. The Trump Administration has hinted it will halt those payments, a move observers have said could be dangerous for already-precarious markets, consumers and insurers.
What are CSRs, and why do they matter? And why is Congress facing a tight deadline for action? Dr. Carole Myers parses the HELP hearings in this week's installment of HealthConnections.Read More
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tennessee), working with Senator Patty Murray (D-Washington), scheduled four bipartisan hearings on stabilizing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) individual markets which are also known as exchanges. So how are things going?Read More
I just listened to the opening comments of Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) as they kicked-off the first of four hearing of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pension (HELP) committee hearings over the next two weeks on stabilizing the individual marketplaces. It was refreshing and encouraging to hear an emphasis on “coming together” and “finding common ground” (remember when this was more common?). I will be watching to see if the call for bipartisanship is realized.Read More
Let's save health care!
That's where the country is right now. Polls show Americans generally agree health options, coverage and care could stand a good spruce-up (or even a major renovation). But how, and by how much, are open questions that, for now, have no clear answers either among the public or among elected officials. One proposal is called the single-payer option.But what IS single-payer, and how does it work?Read More