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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

2020Talks - August 12, 2020 

California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Health Care Cuts That Really Hit "Home"

August 8, 2008

Nashville, TN – The recently-passed Long Term Care Choices Act of 2008 is being hailed as landmark legislation that will keep people in their homes and communities. But advocates say TennCare is planning to cut funding to the most medically- fragile elderly – a move they say will cost taxpayers more and send more people to nursing homes.

Tony Garr, director of the Tennessee Health Care Campaign, says the issue is really about beefing up the bottom line for managed-care organizations.

"Shifting a person from their home to the hospital means Medicare starts paying the bill, rather than the managed-care organization."

In his State of The State Address, Governor Phil Bredesen pledged to make TennCare services more humane and consumer-driven. Garr says the governor is breaking that promise before improvements from the recently-passed Long Term Care Act have even been implemented.

"The governor knows that if the managed-care organizations make a profit in Tennessee, they will stay in Tennessee and they will serve Tennessee."

Currently about 1,000 people in the state receive full-time care. TennCare says they are proposing cuts because in-home care costs the state too much money. But Garr says that hospitals and nursing homes usually cost more. He says there is an appeals process for families to try to get additional services, and the Tennessee Health Care Campaign is offering training sessions to help nurses and social workers.

Training in Memphis today runs from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.M., at the Memphis Center For Independent Living, 1633 Madison Ave.

Barbara Dab/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - TN