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Senator Lamar Alexander
2017-07-11 11:32:21
Latest from Lamar, Notes from the Senate Desk �I visited Rhea and Bradley Counties last week and I talked about what the current draft Senate health care bill means for Tennesseans.�* Working to help 162,000 Tennesseans who receive zero help buying health insurance under current law* On Thursday, I�spoke�with members of the Kiwanis Club of Cleveland about how I am working to help the 162,000 Tennesseans who make less than $12,000 a year and who, under current law, receive zero help buying insurance, as well as the 350,000 Tennesseans who may not be able to buy insurance in the collapsing Obamacare exchanges unless Congress acts soon. We have about six percent of insured Tennesseans who buy their insurance through the individual market. They don�t get insurance from the government, and they don�t get it on the job � they buy it themselves. These plans are in what Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Julie McPeak has testified is a collapsing market, with premiums that have gone up 176 percent in four years, very high co-pays and deductibles, and insurance companies pulling out. Unless Congress acts soon, there is a real possibility those 350,000 Tennesseans will not have any insurance options in 2018. I�m working to ensure that the draft Senate health care bill has enough funding to help those 162,000 lower-income Tennesseans in the individual market be able to buy a reasonable health insurance policy. One way or the other, we are going to have to help both groups of Tennesseans because it is not right to leave either group worrying about whether they are going to be able to have health care coverage next year. The current draft Senate health care bill makes no change in the law protecting people with pre-existing conditions, no change�in�Medicare benefits, and increases Medicaid funding� that�s TennCare�at least at the rate of inflation.� *On Thursday, I stopped in Rhea County to meet with Rhea County executives and talk with them about how the county is taking advantage of their economic opportunities by capitalizing on the area's bass fishing�which is some of the best in the country�and recruiting companies like Nokian Tyres.* *Senate bill takes next step in making James K. Polk Home part of the National Park System* Two weeks ago, a bipartisan energy and natural resources bill was introduced that includes several Tennessee priorities � including taking the next step in making President James K. Polk�s home part of the National Park System and designating 20,000 acres of the Cherokee National Forest as wilderness area. We talk a lot about the importance of science and math, but, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, most high school seniors in America score the worst in history. I can think of no better way to encourage the study of U.S. history than to protect and preserve sites like President Polk�s home, Shiloh National Military Park and important landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement. The legislation also authorizes the Department of Energy to continue with plans to build the world�s fastest supercomputers, like the ones at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which are essential to national security and American competitiveness and would create good-paying jobs. You can read more about what this bill means for Tennessee here. *On June 29, President Trump nominated Don Cochran to serve as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. Mr. Cochran has long served his community and his country � as an Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy District Attorney, and Major in the United States Army. It is appropriate that he will serve here in the Middle District � he is a Nashville native and received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University. I hope the Senate will quickly consider his nomination.* Always keep in mind this advice from Minnie Pearl: *I�ve gotten to the point in life where I�ve decided that if people aren�t nice, they�re not so hot in my book, no matter how big they are.* -��������� *#142 from Lamar Alexander�s *Little Plaid Book* * Contact Information: Website: www.alexander.senate.gov/public/ Office Location: Washington, DC Office 455 Dirksen Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 Phone: (202) 224-4944 | Fax: (202) 228-3398 Privacy Policy: www.alexander.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/privacypolicy Unsubscribe: alexander.enews.senate.gov/mail/util.cfm
   

 I visited Rhea and Bradley Counties last week and I talked about what the current draft Senate health care bill means for Tennesseans. 

Working to help 162,000 Tennesseans who receive zero help buying health insurance under current law

 

On Thursday, I 

I�m working to ensure that the draft Senate health care bill has enough funding to help those 162,000 lower-income Tennesseans in the individual market be able to buy a reasonable health insurance policy. One way or the other, we are going to have to help both groups of Tennesseans because it is not right to leave either group worrying about whether they are going to be able to have health care coverage next year.

The current draft Senate health care bill makes no change in the law protecting people with pre-existing conditions, no change in Medicare benefits, and increases Medicaid funding� that�s TennCare�at least at the rate of inflation. 

You can read more about the draft Senate health care bill 

Here are some articles from this week I thought you would enjoy:

Cleveland Daily Banner: America�s �good� gets Alexander�s focus

The Maryville Daily Times: Sens. Alexander, Corker honor Independence Day

The Knoxville Focus: Alexander: Senate Energy and Natural Resources Bill Takes Next Step in Making James K. Polk Home Part of the National Park System

 

Always keep in mind this advice from Minnie Pearl:

I�ve gotten to the point in life where I�ve decided that if people aren�t nice, they�re not so hot in my book, no matter how big they are.

-          #142 from Lamar Alexander�s Little Plaid Book

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