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Public News Service - TN: Health

Medicaid enrollment in Tennessee dropped by nearly 10% between 2017 and 2018, according to Families USA. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee is one of three states in the country with the sharpest drop in Medicaid enrollment between 2017 and 2018. According to a report by the consumer health care group Families USA, the number of Tennesseans enrolled in Medicaid fell by nearly 10%, and more than 100,0

Juvenile detention facilities around the country routinely put youths in solitary confinement, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A juvenile detention center in Shelby County has reduced the use of solitary confinement among children in its care, according to a new report from the Center for Children's Law and Policy and other organizations. In 2012, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice

Tennesseeans filled about 885,000 fewer prescriptions for opioids in 2018 than they did in 2017, a one-year decrease of 13.4%.  (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Opioid prescriptions in Tennessee dropped by about one-third between 2013 and 2018, according to new data released by the Tennessee Medical Association. The figures show a steady decrease in the numbers of opioid prescriptions filled statewide – from more than 8.5 mi

In Tennessee, 60% of people 45 and older currently are providing unpaid care for a loved one, according to Tennessee AARP. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new state regulation goes into effect Thursday that aims to help Tennessee's hospitals integrate family caregivers into their loved ones' medical records. According to AARP, 60% of Tennesseans 45 and older currently provide unpaid care for a loved one. The Caregiver Ad

More than 80,000 children in Tennessee are no longer enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, and likely have lost health insurance, according to a new report. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The number of children who are not enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, the Children's Health Insurance Program, is on the rise. A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families estimates more than 88,000 children in Tennessee are no longer enrolled in M

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for women in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Health Department. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – This week is Women's Health Week and the Tennessee Department of Health is urging women to make sure they're caught up on preventive screenings, such as mammograms. Kelly Luskin, section chief of reproductive and women's health at the Tennessee Department of Health, says w

More than 1 million Tennesseans currently receive their health care through the state's Medicaid program, TennCare. (Adobe Stock) <br /><br />

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – State lawmakers have passed legislation that would shift federal funding for Tennessee's Medicaid program into a block grant. Co-sponsored by several lawmakers, including state Sen. Paul Bailey, a Republican from Sparta, and Rep. Timothy Hill, a Blountville Republican, the

The measles virus is highly contagious and can stay airborne or live on surfaces for several hours. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – An East Tennessee resident has been diagnosed with measles, and public health officials have released new information on when and where people might have been exposed. Anyone who spent time at a Mapco Mart in Chattanooga on April 11, and at a Speedway gas station in Clinto

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