Healthcare Providers Must Stay Current with State Legislative Developments

Healthcare Providers Must Stay Current with State Legislative Developments


From town hall meetings across the country to the corridors of power in Washington, D.C., the future of the Affordable Care Act is provoking heated discussion during the first 100 days of the Trump Administration. While it’s too early to tell if the next chapter of the ACA will be defined by “repeal and replace” or “retain and repair,” developments in the Tennessee statehouse could have a more immediate impact on healthcare providers in the Volunteer State. 

The 2017 Tennessee legislative session is well under way, and more than 1,500 pieces of legislation have been proposed for consideration, including scores of proposals that would directly impact the state’s healthcare providers. Many of the healthcare-related proposals focus on opioid abuse, alcoholism, and drug dependence. Additionally, there are a number bills that focus on the expanding use of telehealth and telemedicine to support long-distance clinical healthcare. Other legislative proposals of particular note to healthcare providers include the following:

It’s important for healthcare providers to stay abreast of the legislative proposals that are in play in the statehouse, and to make their concerns or support known to legislators as well as the administrative agencies that will be tasked with implementing legislation that becomes state law. These concerns can be conveyed to legislators directly, through professional organizations or by lobbyists engaged to represent the interests of individuals, companies or industry and professional groups.

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