Our thoughts and prayers go to all our sisters and brothers throughout the world suffering from the coronavirus…and to those health workers laboring to contain the virus and care for the sick.  It is coming home to us that our health is not just a private possession but is shared whether we like it or…

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Faith Leaders Say Medicaid Expansion Is A Moral Imperative  Gov. Lee must address vulnerabilities in Tennessee’s healthcare system NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Earlier today, three pastors,  Rev. Jim Sessions, Retired United Methodist Pastor in Knoxville; Rev. Gordon Myers, Pastor at Living Word Lutheran Church, Arlington; and Rev. Jared Ruari of Shelbyville held a phone press conference…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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