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.


Community Event And Health Fair For National Infant Mortality Awareness Month

In conjunction with National Infant Mortality Awareness Month, The BLUES Project of Chattanooga will host its annual Baby Shower and Community Health Fair from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sept. 18, at the Brainerd Youth and Family Development Center, 1010 N. Moore Road. Lunch will be provided, along with entertainment for the family and lots of door prizes. Vendors will be available to ... (click for more)

BlueCross Foundation Commits $1 Million To Neonatal Abstinence Fight

In response to a surge of babies being born dependent on drugs and suffering the painful symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome, the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant for construction of a new NAS treatment unit at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville. “Our experience with our members has taught us how widespread a ... (click for more)

School Board Unanimously Makes Cuts To Teacher Insurance; Spouses Can Only Stay On If They Have No Other Insurance

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to Increase the premium for spouses by $100 - a move officials said would save the schools from $2,040,000 to $3,040,000. Spouses will not continue to be covered if they have insurance available to them on their jobs. School officials said the 1,700 spouses on county school insurance last year had $10 million in claims. ... (click for more)

City Audit Hits Travel Abuses By Top Chattanooga Library Personnel; Report Forwarded To State On Possible Fraud

A report by Internal City Auditor Stan Sewell found travel abuses by top personnel of the Chattanooga Library. The auditor said he found possible instances of fraud and forwarded information to state officials in regard to "reported potential fraudulent activity" by Margaret Backus, Systems Administrator and Nathaniel Hill, Assistant Library Director. The report says, ... (click for more)

Thanks For Making The Southern Brewers Festival A Success

Now that the dust has settled I'd like to thank Chattanooga for supporting the Southern Brewers Festival and making it yet another very successful event.    For those who do not know - the SBF benefits the Chattanooga chapter of Kids on the Block and the Chattanooga Community Kitchen.  As a partner helping the SBF with volunteers, sponsorships and the overall production ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Al Sharpton’s Wise Remarks

I’ll admit I paid little more than scant attention to the Monday funeral of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot and killed by police bullets in Ferguson, Mo., after he allegedly was involved in strong-armed robbery. There are too many tawdry details and, in my way of thinking, there is nothing under God’s sun, absolutely nothing, that gives others the right to riot, burn ... (click for more)