Ruling Issued in Case Over Tenn. Health Adviser Rules

Oct 8, 2013


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — A federal judge has blocked the State of Tennessee from enforcing emergency rules for people who advise others about the new health insurance exchange.

The Tennessean reports U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell issued a temporary restraining Monday. In his ruling, Campbell said the rules defining who can help are too broad.

Two Nashville women and the Service Employees International Union Local 205 filed the lawsuit. Union President Doug Collier says the new state rules were keeping community advocates, church groups and social workers from helping the people they help routinely.

“People who are less fortunate, or people that are disabled or handicapped, and they help them to do these things on a daily basis; to go to websites; to look at things that they need to have for their everyday necessities.”

Meanwhile, a second lawsuit filed earlier in state court against the same set of new regulations was also settled Monday. An agreed order filed in Davidson County Chancery Court narrows the scope of the emergency rules.