Vince Dean Increases Healthcare Protection For Minors With New Bill

Monday, March 24, 2014

Tennessee Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, pushed new healthcare legislation through the House this week. The new law will allow an adult other than the parent to make decisions regarding an un-emancipated minor’s “non-emergency” healthcare treatment. 

“Speaking from experience, enabling a third party to make healthcare decisions on behalf of a minor is crucial,” said Rep. Dean. “When my daughter was diagnosed with cancer, had I not been able to make the call on her chemotherapy, I would want someone there who could.”

The bill establishes the legal order of those who can step in for a child needing “non-emergency” medical care: first, a non-custodial parent; second, a grandparent; and third, a competent adult. Current state law does not allow anyone other than a parent or guardian to make a healthcare decision on a minor’s behalf.  

Rep. Dean indicated he was first approached by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to carry the bill through the House. 

“It is very rewarding to help St. Jude correct a problem that has hampered their ability to treat children,” said Rep. Dean. “When children travel to St. Jude seeking care from outside the state or country, they can now receive treatment, even if their parents are absent.” 

The House approved the bill with a 93-1 vote. The Senate passed the bill unanimously at the beginning of the month. It will now return to the Senate for a minor amendment to the bill’s language. 

“Passing bills like this is the very reason I am here serving in the Tennessee General Assembly,” said Rep. Dean. “St. Jude was there for me and my family, and I am proud to be there for them now.” 

Rep. Dean is seeking the Republican nomination for Hamilton County Criminal Court Clerk. The primary election is May 6, and early voting begins on April 16. The general election is Aug. 7.



Miracle Challenge Benefits Children’s Hospital At Erlanger

Miracle Challenge is a 27-day wellness and exercise challenge that encourages participants to achieve fitness goals, all while raising funds for Chattanooga’s Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, Children’s Hospital at Erlanger.  Participants can choose one of five fitness tracks — running, walking, cycling/spinning, yoga or boot camp — and will complete 27 mini-challenges ... (click for more)

Morning Pointe Residents Celebrate National Zookeeper Week

Residents at Morning Pointe of Chattanooga at Shallowford brought baked goods to the Chattanooga Zoo staff in honor of National Zookeeper Week. As part of the Life Enrichment Program, the assisted living community engages in special outreach projects to thank local businesses and organizations for offering quality activities and services to the residents. Every month, ... (click for more)

State Board In Nashville Approves New Erlanger Behavioral Health Hospital

Members of the board of the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency in Nashville on Wednesday unanimously approved a new $25 million Behavioral Health Hospital planned by Erlanger Health Systems on Holzclaw Avenue.   Parkridge Valley Hospital and CADAS had opposed the issuance of Certificate of Need.  The 88-bed facility will provide "acute adult inpatient ... (click for more)

Pinkston Says Offer Was Made To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Him If Prosecution Of Detective Burns Was Dropped; Judge Greenholtz "Greatly Bothered" By Any Such Offer

District Attorney Neal Pinkston said at a hearing Tuesday that an offer was made to drop a lawsuit filed against him by Gatlinburg detective Rodney Burns if he would dismiss two perjury counts against Burns. The district attorney said he should not be disqualified from continuing to prosecute the case or else attorneys would begin suing him or the judge to get a new DA or trial ... (click for more)

Downtown Needs Cleaned Up

My son and I parked on Broad Street and walked to the Billiard Club on Cherry Street this past weekend. It's probably a total of two blocks. In that short walk we passed where Rone Regency used to be on 6th Street and in that doorway was about a years worth of human feces and urine covering the doors and walls. The concrete sidewalk on the street is all broken up and the metal ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 40 Questions About ‘Blue Bags’

No. 1 – Did you know that one in every five of the 42,000 children in the Hamilton County school district is what the experts call “food deprived?” No. 2 – Can you get your arms around the fact that a huge percentage of those 8,400 children get little, if nothing, to eat from Friday at lunch until they return to our schools on Monday? No. 3 -- Did you know that you – just ... (click for more)