Health Care

CoverKids Kicks Off Annual Enrollment Effort

Monday, August 09, 2010 | 09:12 am
Program Information Will Be Included in Back to School Packets
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today announced the 2010 Back to School CoverKids outreach campaign to help enroll Tennessee’s children in the state’s free, comprehensive health insurance plan.
“Since 2007, we’ve used the back to school time as an opportunity to inform and remind Tennessee families about CoverKids,” said Governor Bredesen. “There are still children in our state who don’t have health insurance, and this program offers an additional option for families with uninsured kids.”

Bredesen Signs Executive Order Promoting Healthy Options for State Vending Machines

Friday, August 06, 2010 | 01:32 pm
NASHVILLE – Governor Phil Bredesen today signed Executive Order No. 69 promoting healthy options for food and beverages sold through vending facilities on properties within the executive branch of state government. The order directs that guidelines be developed establishing minimum nutritional standards and standards for labeling and placement of food and beverages along with pricing and other incentives to encourage the purchase of items that meet these nutritional standards.

TennCare Awards Dental Benefits Contract

Friday, July 16, 2010 | 02:07 pm

Contract Saves State in Administrative Costs

NASHVILLE — State officials announced today that Delta Dental was awarded the contract to serve as TennCare’s dental benefits manager (DBM).   The new contract will save the state an estimated $3.5 million in administrative costs over the three-year contract period.

New Federal High Risk Pool Open to Uninsurable Tennesseans

Thursday, July 01, 2010 | 02:11 pm
State-sponsored AccessTN is also an Option for the Uninsurable
NASHVILLE – The United States Department of Health and Human Services today announced the formation of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, which will serve as the new, nationwide high risk pool. The addition of PCIP provides an additional option for uninsurable Tennesseans, who already have an option for coverage through AccessTN, the state’s existing high risk pool.
While some details about benefits and premiums for PCIP are yet to be finalized, there are some clear differences between the new plan and AccessTN.

TennCare Director Darin Gordon Selected for Medicaid Leadership Institute

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 | 02:08 pm

 NASHVILLE – TennCare Director and Deputy Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration, Darin Gordon, was selected to participate as a Fellow in the 2011 class of the Medicaid Leadership Institute, a national initiative managed by the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS). Gordon is one of six Medicaid directors chosen to be part of this initiative designed to enhance the leadership capacity of Medicaid directors to help their programs serve as national models for high-quality, cost-effective care. 

Coping with the Effects of Crisis and Trauma

Tuesday, May 04, 2010 | 04:05 pm
NASHVILLE – In the aftermath of the recent devastating flooding and severe weather, many Tennesseans are finding their lives changed in ways they have never before experienced. After encountering such trauma, many people feel their safe, routine lives have suddenly become dangerous and unpredictable and they feel simply overwhelmed.
Trauma can lead to any number of emotional, behavioral and physical responses that may include feelings of anger, sadness, grief, guilt, or anxiety over people or property lost; problems with sleeping or eating; substance use; or symptoms such as headaches, numbness, and nausea. These are normal responses for persons who experience a traumatic event but they can be addressed in healthy ways.

Teens Encouraged to Make Smart Choices about Sexual Behavior

Friday, April 30, 2010 | 01:19 pm

National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy is May 5

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Health joins the nation on May 5 in observing the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. This annual health observance, part of National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, was established in 2002 to remind teenagers about the importance of avoiding pregnancy, parenthood and other serious consequences of sex.

Tennessee Approves New Childhood Immunization Requirements

Monday, March 29, 2010 | 10:26 am

Most Changes Go Into Effect July 1, 2010

NASHVILLE – For the first time in a decade, Tennessee has adopted new childhood immunization requirements to better protect children from serious diseases, especially those that can spread easily in a school or pre-school setting. The new 2010 requirements apply to those who attend child care, pre-school and school, and changes coming in 2011 affect new Tennessee college students. The state has also introduced a new official Tennessee Certificate of Immunization required for children starting pre-school, Kindergarten and seventh grade this fall.

New Western Mental Health Institute Opens

Monday, March 15, 2010 | 08:51 am
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner (TDMHDD) Virginia Trotter Betts hosted the grand opening of the new Western Mental Health Institute today.
The new facility includes a state-of-the-art “treatment mall” where patients will spend the majority of the day in a classroom atmosphere receiving services including counseling, medication management, case management, and other psychiatric inpatient services. The facility will also house a telemedicine pilot program in collaboration with Carey Counseling Center in Union City, Tenn., in an effort to reduce unnecessary transportation to the institute for mental health assessments.