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Delays in processing disability applications impose “significant hardships” in Tennessee

BY: - May 13, 2022

A longstanding backlog in the processing of disability benefits applications from people who are too sick to work has surpassed 1.1 million people nationally — a 27% increase from pre-pandemic levels two years ago and a level not seen in more than a decade. In Tennessee, the number of people waiting to see if their […]

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Biden administration looks for ways to alleviate infant formula shortage

BY: - May 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration sought to assuage parents’ concerns over an ongoing infant formula shortage Thursday, though officials couldn’t offer a timeline for when store shelves would be fully stocked again. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration is working to “cut red tape,” increase imports of formula and broaden what types […]

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McConnell doesn’t rule out U.S. Senate vote outlawing abortion if GOP takes control

BY: - May 10, 2022

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell isn’t ruling out bringing a nationwide abortion ban up for a vote, should the U.S. Supreme Court end the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy and his party regains the chamber in the November elections. The Kentucky Republican was somewhat reserved last week when repeatedly asked by reporters […]

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Editor’s column: Normalize abortion conversations

BY: - May 10, 2022

Like many women across the U.S., I’ve been reeling from the news that broke last week about the U.S. Supreme Court’s draft decision that would reverse Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1971 ruling that legalized abortion at the federal level.  As soon as I tweeted, “Looks like the Supreme Court has given me my next […]

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Tennessee health billing firm accused in court of “cartel-like” behavior

BY: - May 9, 2022

(The story has been updated from the original version to include a response from TeamHealth.) A Tennessee firm that pioneered the outsourcing of hospital emergency medical care now stands accused in courtrooms across the nation of scheming to turn emergency rooms into corporate profit centers through “cartel-like” behavior, including price fixing, legal intimidation, and fraud. […]

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Vote on abortion rights planned in U.S. Senate next week, but likely will fall short

BY: - May 5, 2022

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer will force a vote next week on a bill to codify abortion protections, following the disclosure that the Supreme Court could be ready to overturn a landmark abortion rights ruling, he and other Senate Democrats announced Thursday.  The effort appears largely symbolic. Democrats are well short of the 60 […]

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In Tennessee, roots of expected ban on abortion date 20 years back

BY: - May 4, 2022

As the leaked draft of a Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade spilled swiftly across the internet Monday night, the reality that abortion in Tennessee could be almost entirely illegal before summer’s end was brought into sharp focus by morning. “I think we knew this day would come,” Ashley Coffield, CEO of Planned Parenthood […]

A protest of an anticipated anti-abortion ruling at the U.S. Supreme Court May 3, 2022 was met with counterprotesters who support restrictions. (Photo: Jane Norman/States Newsroom)

U.S. Senate to try again on abortion rights after bombshell disclosure of draft opinion

BY: - May 4, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Democrats on Tuesday pledged a new vote codifying the right to an abortion after publication of a draft court ruling that showed the Supreme Court on track to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision. Democrats, who likely won’t have the votes to advance that bill, also predicted that abortion […]

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Biden on leaked draft opinion on abortion: The ‘right to choose is fundamental’

BY: - May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that his administration “will be ready when any ruling is issued” on abortion rights, after the nation was rocked by the leak of a draft opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court that confirmed the court is planning to overturn access to abortion.   “I believe that a woman’s right […]

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Tennessee legislators react to leak from SCOTUS on Roe v. Wade

BY: - May 3, 2022

Said state Rep. Jason Zachary, a Knoxville Republican, “If the leaked document truly represents the pending opinion of the judges, it will save millions of babies’ lives across our nation by pushing the decisions about abortion back to the states.” Asked whether women could put themselves in danger by seeking abortions from unlicensed clinics, Zachary […]

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Hospice nurse charged with fraud and identity theft

BY: - May 3, 2022

A hospice nurse was arrested and charged with fraud and identity theft for her role in  defrauding pharmacies throughout Middle Tennessee and stealing the identities of six patients and physicians with the intent of distributing controlled drugs. From 2015 to 2021, Contessa Lynn Holley from Pulaski worked in two different hospice facilities–Compassus Hospice and Willowbrooke–while […]

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Comptroller: Tennessee’s aging population on track to outpace available senior services

BY: and - April 28, 2022

The projected growth in the number of Tennesseans over the age of 60 will far outpace the availability of public services designed to keep aging Tennesseans out of nursing homes, according to a report released Wednesday by the Tennessee Comptroller. There are currently about 1.6 million Tennessee residents aged 60 and older, a figure that […]