Block Grant Forums | Memphis

October 15, 2019

Block Grant Forums | Memphis By Initially Neglecting Memphis, Does Gov. Lee Understand the Danger of Block Grants? Gov. Lee’s initial decision to deny Memphis a block grant hearing, the area with the most TennCare enrollees in the state, is morally troubling. While we are encouraged that Gov. Lee ultimately granted Memphis a forum, we...

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Block Grants Will Not Help the 300,000 Tennesseans in Need of Health Coverage

September 17, 2019

In response to Governor Bill Lee’s release of his Medicaid block grant proposal, State Director of the Southern Christian Coalition Lenda Sherrell released the following statement: “The implementation of Gov. Lee’s block grant proposal would further devastate families and children, especially as the number of uninsured Tennesseans rises. Block grants do not expand coverage to...

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Gov. Lee Must End The Health Crisis Our Leaders Created

September 11, 2019

The Rise in the Number of Uninsured Tennesseans is Sinful In response to Tennessee’s alarming rise in the number of uninsured, leaving one in 10 Tennesseans without health coverage, the third-largest increase in the nation, State Director of the Southern Christian Coalition Lenda Sherrell released the following statement: “The increase in the number of uninsured...

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Gov. Lee Must Immediately Withdraw Tennessee From the ACA Lawsuit as Insurance Companies Expand Coverage

July 18, 2019

Three insurance companies, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, Ambetter, and Cigna, will expand coverage across Tennessee on HealthCare.gov, the Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s online marketplace. In response to the ACA’s “growing stability,” State Director of the Southern Christian Coalition (SCC) Lenda Sherrell issued the following statement and restated SCC’s ungranted request to meet with Gov. Lee: “The...

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As a Christian, Gov. Lee Must Stop ACA Repeal

July 8, 2019

Pastors Speak on the Immorality of the ACA Lawsuit Ahead of Oral Arguments in the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals   On a press call earlier today, members of the Southern Christian Coalition (SCC) called on Governor Bill Lee to urge Attorney General Herbert Slatery to withdraw Tennessee from the lawsuit that could repeal the...

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Pastor Fritts, Jesus Loved ALL People

June 14, 2019

Our thoughts on a Knoxville pastor’s sermon against our LGBTQ neighbors: We ask Pastor Grayson Fritts of Knoxville to remember the most basic tenet of Christianity: Jesus loved all people. He validated humans for who we are, not for what society expects of us. Jesus calls on us to aspire to be more caring, compassionate,...

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Rural Hospital Closures Are a Moral Failure

May 31, 2019

Jamestown Regional Medical Center, the only hospital in Fentress County, due to loss of federal funding, is another rural hospital at risk of closing. Our leaders, the public servants Tennesseans entrusted to improve, not abandon their health care needs, are watching our hospitals fall one by one. If Jamestown Regional Medical Center, the only hospital...

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UPDATE on the Lawsuit to Repeal the ACA

May 24, 2019

The Fifth Circuit of Appeals will hear arguments on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on July 9, 2019. We remain on the front lines of protecting the ACA that millions of our brothers and sisters depend on for health care and even their lives. We continue to call on Tennessee Attorney General...

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Speaker Casada Must Resign: A public servant’s moral character matters

May 17, 2019

Last week, we called on Speaker Glen Casada to resign. Speaker Casada has abused his role as public servant. We lamented that instead of serving Tennesseans, he was serving the false gods of greed and power.  Today, we learned that Speaker Casada has continued to abuse his position of power by attempting to manipulate the...

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