Alexander To Focus On “Rate Shock” Caused By Obamacare At Thursday’s Committee Hearing

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tn.), the ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, on Wednesday, said he will focus on the health care law’s impact on premium prices at Thursday’s committee hearing on the law.

“I will be focusing on the rate shock that will happen next year when premiums skyrocket, especially for young people, because of the health care law. When I said to the president at the 2010 White House health care summit that his proposal would increase individual premiums, he disagreed, but the Congressional Budget Office confirmed my case then, and nearly every major study confirms it today. A Society of Actuaries report released last month estimated that medical claims costs, which drive premium prices, would increase 32 percent on average across the country. And BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee estimates that people in our state with individual insurance will see premium increases of 30 percent, on average.”

Click here for more on the Society of Actuaries report that finds insurance claims in the individual market will rise an average 32 percent across the nation and 46.4 percent in Tennessee, under the new health care law.

Professional Park Associates In LaFayette Hosts Drive-Thru Flu Vaccine Clinics

Professional Park Associates in LaFayette will host its 3rd annual drive-thru flu vaccine clinics in October.   A  Saturday  clinic has been added this year to help meet the needs of the community.  Three weekday clinics, as well as two evening clinics, will also be offered.   Regular flu vaccines will be available for ages 4 and up. Those ... (click for more)

Health Department Is Ready For Flu Season With Vaccines Available On Monday

The Health Department will offer the flu vaccine beginning Monday in all four of its locations.  Eligible individuals may receive the vaccine for free.   “Many people still die each year in the US from influenza,” said Connie Buecker, Communicable Disease Program manager at the Health Department, “and even more people, such as children and older adults, experience ... (click for more)

Man, 25, Shot While Riding In Car In Brainerd On Friday Night

A 25-year-old man was shot while riding in a car in Brainerd on Friday night. Police said Anthony Amey had non-life threatening injuries. At approximately 9:20 p.m., Chattanooga Police were notified of a gunshot wound victim being treated at a local hospital. Of ficers found that the shooting occurred at 500 South Germantown Road. T he victim stated he ... (click for more)

Woman Stabbed To Death On Hooker Road; Man Injured; Suspect Being Interviewed

A young woman was stabbed to death on Hooker Road early Friday morning and a man was injured. At approximately 1:54 a.m., Chattanooga Police responded to a stabbing at the 4000 block of Hooker Road. There police located Angel Evans, 33, deceased. She was stabbed multiple times. A second person, Gerald Nelson, 24, was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening ... (click for more)

The Facts About Jail

Since Roy had such a positive reaction to Jeffrey Cross's wonderful (and wonderfully civil--how refreshing) email response to his column on the bike lanes, allow me to speak on the subject of the jail.  First off, Roy's right about some things:  It is overcrowded, underfunded, and understaffed.  This is no secret, it's in the Grand Jury report every term.  Here's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Black Voice In Memphis

Tennessee got quite a peek at its political barometer Thursday night in Memphis when A.C. Wharton, a once-popular black leader who has been Mayor since 2009, was thoroughly trounced by Jim Strickland, currently on the City Council. Strickland, a white Democrat, may be the first step in bringing the now much-maligned West Tennessee city back to hope and reality. What no one can believe ... (click for more)