Post Tagged with: "Affordable Care Act"

Rural Hospital’s Closure Just The First From Lack Of Medicaid Expansion, Says Tennessee Hospital Association

Rural Hospital’s Closure Just The First From Lack Of Medicaid Expansion, Says Tennessee Hospital Association

April 30, 2014 at 3:12 pm

This week brings a sobering reality to those who thought Tennessee hospitals were crying wolf about how bad things could get if the state opted out of expanding Medicaid. The announced closure of Haywood Park hospital in West Tennessee may be just the first, according to the Tennessee Hospital Association.

Kathleen Sebelius visited a health clinic in Madison on Thursday to make a pitch for the Affordable Care Act.  Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Sebelius Says Many Thousands Will Go Uninsured Unless Tennessee Expands Medicaid

March 27, 2014 at 3:37 pm

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius visited Nashville on Thursday and warned that not expanding Medicaid in Tennessee could leave thousands uninsured. Sebelius visited Nashville on Thursday and warned that not expanding Medicaid in Tennessee could leave thousands uninsured.

Federally-trained Certified Application Counselors and Obamacare Navigators helped uninsured Nashvillians sign up for coverage on Monday. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Tennesseans Have One Week Left To Sign Up for Health Insurance, Or Wait Until Next Year

March 24, 2014 at 7:58 pm

If they don’t enroll by then, they’ll face a fine and won’t be able to get insurance until next year.

Rep. Blackburn has not explicitly said Secretary Sebelius should resign, though Blackburn has said she answer questions from Congress "before she leaves town." Blackburn is vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Image: C-SPAN

After Grilling From TN Congressman, Health Secretary Says ‘Hold Me Accountable’ For HealthCare.Gov Problems

October 30, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Brentwood Congressman Marsha Blackburn wasted no time in grilling the Secretary of Health and Human Services today. Kathleen Sebelius testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about problems with the HealthCare.gov website.

Is $119 For Obamacare Insurance A Good Deal In Tennessee?

Is $119 For Obamacare Insurance A Good Deal In Tennessee?

September 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm

Tennessee’s biggest Obamacare critics are trying to squelch any excitement for cheaper-than-expected insurance rates – 16 percent lower than original estimates. And the White House announced this week that the state will have some of the least expensive plans in the country.

Haslam Sees Medicaid Expansion As Component Of Healthier Tennessee

Haslam Sees Medicaid Expansion As Component Of Healthier Tennessee

August 12, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has been hounded for spending a week promoting a $6 million health and wellness initiative, even while rejecting more than a billion dollars to expand the state’s health insurance program for the poor.

TN Congressman Blackburn Says Its Worth Debating A Government Shutdown To Stop Obamacare

TN Congressman Blackburn Says Its Worth Debating A Government Shutdown To Stop Obamacare

August 6, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Tennessee Congressman Marsha Blackburn says she welcomes the idea to shutdown the federal government if the Affordable Care Act is not repealed. But she stopped short of saying she supports such a move.

How The Lack Of TennCare Expansion Hits Rural Hospitals, Working Poor

How The Lack Of TennCare Expansion Hits Rural Hospitals, Working Poor

May 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

An expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is supposed to cover more of the working poor and balance out cuts that were made to already-struggling hospitals. But Republican-led states like Tennessee have been opting out or at least holding out, and outlying areas may be the hardest hit.

HCA: Expect Slow Start to Health Insurance Exchanges

March 4, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Nashville-based HCA says its doubtful one of the pivotal parts of the Affordable Care Act will start by a federal deadline. The nation’s largest for profit hospital company has been reluctant to talk about healthcare reform, but brought up state health exchanges at an investors conference in Orlando today.

HCA Holding Its Cards on Healthcare Reform

February 5, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Wall Street investors want to know how Nashville’s HCA is preparing for some of the biggest changes brought about the Affordable Care Act, which come into effect next year. Company officials refused to offer specifics during an earnings call today.

State of the State: No Medicaid Expansion

State of the State: No Medicaid Expansion

January 28, 2013 at 9:26 pm

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says now is not the time to expand the state’s Medicaid program. But in his State of the State address Monday night, Haslam did not close the door to opening up Tenncare in the future.

Haslam Fence-Sitting on Exchanges Until Final Hours

Haslam Fence-Sitting on Exchanges Until Final Hours

November 13, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he’ll be taking all the time he can to make a decision on setting up a state-based health insurance exchange. Republican governors around the country are split ahead of Friday’s deadline.

Obama Reelection Drives Up Hospital Stocks

Obama Reelection Drives Up Hospital Stocks

November 9, 2012 at 4:01 pm

The U.S. stock market has been on a steady slide since President Obama’s reelection. But shares in Nashville-based hospital chains spiked after Election Day. The head of the industry’s lobbying organization says that’s because the Affordable Care Act is good for business.

Medicare Requirement Drives Increase in HealthStream Earnings

October 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Hospitals that get Medicare funding are now required to ask patients about the quality of their care. High performers get more money. Low-scoring hospitals can see a cut in their Medicare dollars.

Nashville Catholic Institutions Sue Over “Contraception Mandate”

September 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Catholic institutions in Middle Tennessee are joining dozens of others around the country and suing the Obama Administration. The Dioceses of Nashville, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Aquinas College and others have filed a lawsuit in federal court.

TN Reps Challenge Health Law’s Missing Language

July 20, 2012 at 4:40 pm

With outright repeal efforts nowhere, the G-O-P is attacking president’s signature health care law piece by piece, and two Tennessee Republicans believe they’ve found a way to unravel the legislation.

State Begins Process of Shaping Health Care Exchange Plans

State Begins Process of Shaping Health Care Exchange Plans

July 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Now that the Affordable Care Act has been upheld, Tennessee is rushing to create an insurance exchange. It would be a way for those without coverage through their job to get reasonably priced insurance. On Tuesday, state officials started taking input on what those plans should include, like treatment for Multiple Sclerosis and drug addiction.

Medicaid Expansion: “Bait and Switch” or Good Deal for Tennessee

Medicaid Expansion: “Bait and Switch” or Good Deal for Tennessee

July 16, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Last month’s Supreme Court decision may have freed Tennessee from having to expand its Medicaid program. But Nashville’s Congressman says the state needs to think twice before opting out.

THA Pleased with Healthcare Ruling, But Concern Over Indigent Care Remains

June 28, 2012 at 2:42 pm

The head of a group representing Tennessee hospitals says he’s happy with today’s Supreme Court ruling on the federal healthcare law. He says if more people have insurance, it could mean more revenue. At the same time, medical centers will be dealing with a big cut in federal money.

Hospitals Fear Potential Loss of “Mandate” Only

June 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Tennessee’s healthcare sector, particularly its hospitals, will be watching warily as the U.S. Supreme Court readies its decision on the federal health care law.