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Gov. Bill Haslam is voicing some frustration about the prospects for health care reform following the failure of the latest plan to replace and repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is cheering the latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, while opponents of the measure are scrambling to derail it before the legislation can pass the U.S. Senate.

Haslam joined 14 other Republican governors Wednesday in signing a letter praising a plan to repeal the ACA's individual mandate, to do away with the requirement that individuals purchase insurance and to convert Medicaid to a system of so-called block grants to the states.

In an appearance in Chattanooga, Haslam called the proposal, known as Graham-Cassidy, a "home run for Tennessee" because the state will receive more money than it currently does for Medicaid.

Emily Siner / WPLN

For the most fragile babies, there's one thing that's almost guaranteed to boost their chances of survival: breast milk.

So a nonprofit in Nashville is trying to make it easier for infants to obtain it when their mothers can't produce enough. Their goal is to open a breast milk bank, similar to a blood bank, that would store and distribute donations from other moms.

Chas Sisk / WPLN (File photo)

Community Health Systems is in the process of unloading 30 hospitals and discussed plans Wednesday for another round of sell-offs. The announcement comes as the Franklin-based company is trying to climb out from under a mountain of debt.

courtesy HCA

Nashville-based HCA is on a relative hospital buying spree. Company executives told investors Tuesday that they see an opening as the health care business becomes more challenging, especially for some of its competitors.

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More than a dozen walk-in health care clinics inside Walgreens locations will soon carry the Vanderbilt name. The medical center is taking over these Middle Tennessee clinics as part of its efforts to reach more patients cheaply.

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