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Public News Service - TN: Poverty

Around 200,000 Tennessee children live in areas of concentrated poverty, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The number of Tennessee children living in poverty has fallen by 7%, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. That makes the state one of 29 nationwide making progress in reducing child poverty. Richard Kennedy, executive director of the Tennessee Commis

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

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 U.S. Department of Agriculture is urging districts to stop embarrassing and singling-out students who don't have enough money for lunch. (SpecialBlendBrands, Twenty/20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — It's National Nutrition Month, and two pieces of proposed anti-bullying legislation have lawmakers engaged in a public war of words. Senate Bill 606 and House Bill 827, known as the Tennessee Hunger-Free Students Act, would prohibit schools from taking certain actions agai

The proposed work-reporting requirement would affect families with annual incomes below $21,000. Opponents say that's primarily parents and caregivers. (Bobbylove/Twenty20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As many as 68,000 Tennesseans would be affected by a proposal to require parents who now receive Medicaid to demonstrate that they're working at least 20 hours a week, according to a new report. The report from the Tennessee Justice Center and the Georgetown University Cen

Health insurance premiums in Tennessee will increase by at least one-third for many people next year, according to the Congressional Budget Office. (Lira_n4/Twenty20)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennesseans who have to purchase their own health insurance plans can expect to dig even deeper next year to pay for them. The Congressional Budget Office estimates a 31- to 54-percent premium spike. Tennessee is one of the states that didn't opt to expand Medicaid under

TennCare recipients could be required to work in order to receive medical benefits, under bills in committee this week at the Tennessee Legislature. (Subconsci Productions/Flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The idea of requiring TennCare recipients to work in order to receive benefits might sound like a reasonable proposal on its face. But opponents say there's a catch to the legislation, House Bill 1551, and its companion, Senate Bill 1728, sponsored respectively by Tennessee

Tennessee doesn't require background checks for private sale of firearms and receives a failing grade from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. (Peretz Partensky/flickr)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – While the nation mourns the lives lost and injuries suffered from the deadliest shooting rampage in modern U.S. history, questions are emerging about how to prevent future incidents. A national report card from the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence indicates Tennessee isn

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