NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's rural hospitals are laying off workers and reducing services as they try to cope with the funding changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act and the political battles that surround expanding TennCare.
The Tennessean reports (http://tnne.ws/1ams5Ds) the federal health law reduces reimbursements to Tennessee hospitals by $5.6 billion over the next 10 years. That money was supposed to be replaced through expanding TennCare, the state Medicaid program.
Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander on the floor of the Senate.
WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Democrats are already enjoying the first fruits of yesterday’s milestone Senate vote making it harder for the Republican minority to block President Barack Obama's nominations.
They swiftly ended a GOP filibuster against one of his top judicial choices and prepared to do the same for two others.
But Republicans, including Tennessee’s Senator Lamar Alexander, are warning that over the longer term, they might regret changing the rules. Alexander used this weekend’s UT - Vanderbilt game to make his point.
WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee’s Bob Corker was among a group of Senators invited to the White House yesterday to hear a personal appeal from President Obama to hold off on additional sanctions on Iran.
Corker told reporters after the meeting that Obama asked lawmakers to pause for "a period of time." Corker didn’t specify how long the president asked lawmakers to wait.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- According to an in-state trade group Tennessee hospitals have started laying off employees and reducing services as a result of the political struggle over the Affordable Care Act, more commonly referred to as Obamacare.
Tennessee Hospital Association President Craig Becker says that under the new health care law some federal funds that once flowed to hospitals were cut off. The law’s authors intended for those lost dollars to be replaced by an expansion of Medicaid.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Transparency advocates are warning about the ramifications of a recent Tennessee appeals court ruling that "high government officials" can keep documents secret if they deem them part of their decision-making process.
The appeals court decision upheld a lower court's ruling that then-Gov. Phil Bredesen was justified in denying records on the basis that they were part of his "deliberative process" about how to deal with TennCare protesters encamped in the Capitol in 2005.
Tenn. Senator (R) Bob Corker appeared on Meet the Press Sunday.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP/WMOT) — Secretary of State John Kerry says that the major powers were unified on an Iran nuclear deal during weekend talks in Geneva but the Iranians were unable to accept it.
Earlier reports said France refused to accept the deal.
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, the ranking minority member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, appeared on the weekend news program Meet the Press to talk about the Iran negotiations.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee lawmakers are holding hearings this week to review the state's textbook selection process.
The Senate Education Committee and the Senate Government Operations Committee will hold the hearings jointly Monday and Tuesday.
Lawmakers say the hearings are intended to seek clarity regarding the structure and function of the Tennessee Textbook Commission. The review was scheduled after some parents questioned textbook content.
President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Affordable Care Act during a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House, Oct. 21, 2013.
WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander says he’s going to introduce a bill that would require president Obama to provide weekly reports on administration efforts to fix the troubled health marketplace website.
In a press statement released yesterday, Alexander accused the administration of failing to provide timely information about problems the site is experiencing.