The Tennessee Senate Health and Welfare Committee unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday that would expand long-term care services for qualified elderly TennCare recipients throughout the state. Senate Bill 459—sponsored by Sen. Bo Watson (R-Hixson)—would require the Division of TennCare to establish a statewide program for all-inclusive care for the elderly (PACE). The bill would … Read more

Stephen Smith, director of the Division of Tenncare, discussed the ways the division has changed over the years to become more cost-effective during the 2023 Tennessee State of Reform Health Policy Conference opening plenary. The division’s 2022 fiscal year proposed budget shows that TennCare represents 19.7 percent of the state’s overall budget. Smith said TennCare’s … Read more

Tennessee lawmakers have not approved many new bills during this week’s special session, however they plan to regroup next week.  Gov. Bill Lee called for the special session to address mental health and public safety in response to Nashville’s Covenant School shooting, which killed six people in March. The session started on Monday, and the … Read more

A new report includes several recommendations to improve healthcare in rural Tennessee communities, which center on workforce development, access to care, and social drivers of health (SDOH).     Gov. Bill Lee established the Tennessee Rural Health Care Task Force in 2019 to improve health access and outcomes for rural Tennesseeans. The task force included … Read more