Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has to decide by Friday his intentions regarding the setting up of a statewide health insurance exchange. The exchanges are required under the federal Affordable Care Act. States have to inform Washington by Friday whether they plan to establish their own health insurance exchanges, or whether they want the federal government to create an exchange for them.
A Tennessee legislator who repeatedly asked the Department of Children's Services for information is calling for the commissioner's ouster. State Rep. Sherry Jones, a Democrat from Nashville, is asking Gov. Bill Haslam to remove DSC Commissioner Kate O'Day, according to The Tennessean.
Members of Tennessee's Board of Pharmacy recently revoked the license of the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a deadly meningitis outbreak, but a review by The Tennessean shows the board has been lenient on compounding pharmacies in this state accused of violations.
Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green has opened a food pantry for students or staff members in need of emergency food assistance. The pantry is open two days a week. Students or staff can pick up five days' worth of meals and can use the food pantry a total of six times a year.
Construction of a new veterans nursing home in central Kentucky could start early next year. Veterans Affairs Commissioner Ken Lucas says bids for the 120-bed facility in Radcliff will be opened in January.
The Tennessee Department of Health reports that the number of patients sickened during the outbreak has increased from 80 to 81 in the past day. The number of deaths from the outbreak remains at 13 statewide.
Nearly 150 patients exposed to potentially contaminated steroid injections in Tennessee were given medicine that was well past the normal shelf life. The Tennessean reports some of the medicine was more than seven weeks old, well past the industry standard of 24 hours.
A south-central Kentucky business has issued a voluntary recall on certain cheeses after testing found the presence of bacteria in a few samples. Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese in Barren County said in a statement that the recall was issued out of an abundance of caution. There have been no illnesses reported.
Gov. Steve Beshear has undergone minor outpatient surgery to repair a detached retina. Spokeswoman Kerri Richardson says the problem developed over the weekend and that Beshear woke and had trouble seeing out of one eye.
A new policy by a statewide Medicaid operator has independent pharmacists up in arms again. Earlier this year, pharmacists were the first group to alert lawmakers to problems with the managed care system. But they failed to get a bill protecting their co-pays signed into law.