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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Tennessee Newsletter for Sunday April 26, 2020 ( 10 items )  

ACLU: Appellate Court Allows Abortion Services to Continue in Tennessee During Pandemic
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, April 25 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release: The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed last night a preliminary injunction granted by a lower court, allowing abortion clinics in Tennessee to continue providing time-sensitive abortion procedures during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The  more

American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B - Neuropsychiatric Genetics Issues Research Articles in May 2020 Edition
BRENTWOOD, Tennessee, April 20 -- The American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B - Neuropsychiatric Genetics, a journal that says it provides a forum for experimental and clinical investigations of the genetic, epigenetic and protein signaling mechanisms underlying neurologic and psychiatric disorders, published research articles, including the following topics, in its May 2020 edition: * Clinical features, molecular results, and management of 12 individuals with the rare arthrochalasia Ehlers  more

National Center for Law and Economic Justice: Tennessee Medicaid Litigation
NEW YORK, April 24 -- The National Center for Law and Economic Justice issued the following news: On Mar. 19th, NCLEJ, as co-counsel with Selendy & Gay, the Tennessee Justice Center and the National Health Law Program, filed A.M.C. v. Smith, a federal class action complaint in the Middle District of Tennessee, challenging Tennessee policies and practices that have unlawfully deprived eligible children and adults of Medicaid coverage, known in Tennessee as TennCare. The state employs a defectiv  more

Oak Ridge Associated Universities's Early Career Professionals Use Tech to Combat COVID-19
OAK RIDGE, Tennessee, April 23 -- The Oak Ridge Associated Universities issued the following news release: Since COVID-19 hit the U.S. and social distancing has become the new norm, Millennials and Gen Zs have been called out for their irresponsible response to this global pandemic. People in both Millennial, anyone born from 1981 to 1996, and Generation Z, anyone born from '97 to 2012, age groups have been targeted by the media and politicians for neglecting to stay home and ignoring the seve  more

Planned Parenthood: Court Blocks Tennessee's COVID-19 Ban on Most Abortions
NEW YORK, April 21 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release on April 20: At the request of the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee - a federal district court in Tennessee granted an emergency motion, allowing clinics to resume procedural abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision comes after Gov. Bill Lee issued a state o  more

Society of Professional Journalists: Region 12 Mark of Excellence Awards Winners Announced
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, April 21 -- The Society of Professional Journalists issued the following news: The Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the best collegiate journalism in Region 12 with 2019 Mark of Excellence Awards winners. SPJ's Region 12 comprises Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Western Tennessee. First-place winners will compete at the national level among other regional MOE winners from the 12 SPJ regions. Regional winners would normally be recognized at regional co  more

St. Jude Patient Fletcher Announces Round 1 Selection During 2020 NFL Draft
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, April 24 -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued the following news release: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital(R) patient Fletcher will be a special "virtual" guest of the National Football League (NFL) when he announces the Cleveland Browns' Round 1 draft pick with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday, April 23. This annual in-person appearance by a St. Jude patient will be virtual for 2020, with a recorded message from Fletcher p  more

Tennessee Bar Association Files Petition to Allow Interim Billing by Appointed Counsel
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, April 22 -- The Tennessee Bar Association issued the following news: The TBA filed a petition with the Tennessee Supreme Court requesting a modification to Rule 13 to allow interim billing by appointed counsel providing indigent representation in non-capital cases. "The TBA appreciates the Court's successful efforts to date and its ongoing pursuit of additional recurring funding for court appointed counsel," TBA President Sarah Sheppeard said of the filing. "The recent s  more

Tennessee Hospital Association Analysis Shows $1 Billion Monthly Loss to Tennessee Hospitals
BRENTWOOD, Tennessee, April 25 -- The Tennessee Hospital Association issued the following news: Tennessee hospitals are experiencing a negative financial impact of approximately $1 billion per month due to the pandemic, according to an analysis conducted by the Tennessee Hospital Association (THA). As the COVID emergency continues, hospital revenues dramatically have dropped as both inpatient and outpatient service utilization have plummeted. At the same time, the costs for personal protective  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Announces Plans for New Rutherford Region Hospital
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, April 22 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: As part of a multi-year regional growth plan for the Vanderbilt Health system, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has filed a public notice with the State of Tennessee's Health Services Development Agency and will seek approval to build a 48-bed, 154,000 square foot full service, acute care hospital in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The facility, with a construction start date yet to be determined, wi  more