Tennessee

Gov. Bill Haslam has decided not to create a state-run health insurance exchange, leaving the operation to the federal government.

Haslam announced his decision during a speech Monday. The Republican governor, who had until Friday to decide, said the lack of information from the federal government was "scary."

The exchanges, part of the federal health care overhaul, create new online markets where consumers will be able to buy individual private health insurance coverage.

Tennessee's county health department clinics are now offering free flu vaccines to people of all ages until supplies are depleted.

The state Health Department reports that seasonal influenza is now widespread in Tennessee.

The Department urges all Tennesseans to get vaccinated now to help protect themselves and those around them from the virus.

The Health Department operates clinics in 89 of Tennessee's 95 counties.

Because vaccine supplies vary from county to county, residents are urged to contact their local county health departments for more information.

More Fungal Meningitis Cases Reported in Tennessee

Dec 4, 2012

The number of fungal meningitis cases in Tennessee is rising again. Four more infections related to a tainted batch of spinal steroids have been reported in the Volunteer State. The number of known fungal meningitis cases in Tennessee now stands at 88 according to data compiled by the state Health Department.

A tax expert is warning state officials that Tennessee would be among the hardest-hit states if federal officials don't resolve the so-called fiscal cliff. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Dr. Stan Chervin updated Gov. Bill Haslam and other state officials, saying states that depend heavily on sales taxes for revenue would feel the most stress if tax breaks are not extended.

Members of the House Republican caucus on Monday unanimously nominated Speaker Beth Harwell for another term in charge of the chamber but ousted Rep. Judd Matheny from the No. 2 slot. Matheny, a Tullahoma Republican, was defeated by Rep. Curtis Johnson of Clarksville in a secret ballot.

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.

Tennessee Democratic leaders say they plan to talk with Gov. Bill Haslam about expanding pre-kindergarten classes after the state's education commissioner said he doesn't plan to request funding for an expansion.

Tennessee's chief medical officer says the rate of new infections of deadly fungal meningitis appears to be declining in the state where it was first discovered. Dr. David Reagan said in an interiew that not everyone who received the contaminated medicine that caused the infections will get sick.

In Tennessee, More Fungal Meningitis Cases Confirmed

Oct 18, 2012

Tennessee is reporting another increase in the number of people diagnosed with fungal meningitis. A state health department spokesman says 63 people have been infected in Tennessee from a tainted steroid. The death toll remains unchanged at eight.

A report released by a state commission says Tennessee needs $38 billion between now and 2015 to improve public infrastructure. Released by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, the report shows what type of improvements are needed, from repairing roads and bridges to adding additional water lines and sewers.

Tennessee’s education leaders are following through with their threat of withholding millions of dollars in funding for one of the state’s largest school districts. At issue is how the Nashville school district handles applications for charter schools.

A Republican congressman from Tennessee is telling supporters he’s not a hypocrite for discussing abortion with a mistress more than a decade ago. But now he may have to defend his medical license.

The Centers for Disease Control reported seven new cases of fungal meningitis, one in Tennessee, which brings the nationwide case count to 203. The CDC added a new state to the list, New Hampshire, which reported four cases of fungal meningitis. No new deaths were reported.

The Centers for Disease Control reports that the number of rare fungal meningitis cases in Tennessee has increased by five more cases to 44, but the number of deaths in the state remains at six. Nationwide, the number of cases reported in 10 states increased to 137 cases, including 12 deaths nationwide since the outbreak was first discovered in September.

Tennessee Department of Health officials say the state's death toll from an outbreak of fungal meningitis has risen to six. Dr. John Dreyzhener, Tennessee's health commissioner, said Tuesday the total number of cases in the state has increased by four and now stands at 39.

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