Tennessee’s healthcare exchange opens today, giving private citizens a chance to purchase health insurance in a competitive market. For many, the idea of a health insurance marketplace exchange is a confusing and unfamiliar concept. To help sort some of it out, WUOT's Christine Jessel sits down with Erin Hill, Executive Director of Knoxville Area Project Access, a government-appointed “Health Care Navigator”.
When Tennessee's healthcare exchange marketplace opens today, government estimates show the state will have some of the lowest insurance premiums in the country. And federal subsidies are expected to further lessen costs for the state’s low-income buyers. But Erin Hill, executive director of Knoxville Area Project Access says because Tennessee opted not to take Medicaid expansion, some buyers will be still be shut out.
The trucking companies who say Pilot Flying J cheated them out of rebate money have been paid back. The rebate system under which the fraud took place is being dismantled. And the sales staff whose actions caught the attention of federal investigators is being rebuilt. Those are a few of things pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam said have changed in the five-and-a-half months since FBI and IRS investigators raided company headquarters.
Tennessee Department of Education officials will be in East Knox County today to launch a state-funded pilot program that will pick up the tab for some high school students taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Successful completion of the $89 end-of-course exams is a requirement for students hoping to get college credit for their AP classes.
On this edition of The Method, we meet Josh Emery, a planetary scientist who just found out that not all is as it seems in the heavens above. And then, it's back down to Earth with environmental writer Bill McKibben, who argues that we either need to save the planet or start thinking about calling it something else.
Uncertainty over budget cuts means job reductions at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason told staff yesterday that as many as 475 jobs could be lost, though the number will most likely be lower. Mason announced a “voluntary separation program” with financial incentives for employees who willingly leave their jobs.
That program is effective October 1st; employees can apply until November 14th.
In 2008, a storage wall at the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant in East Tennessee collapsed, dumping more than a billion gallons of coal ash waste into the surrounding rivers and community. The wet, gray sludge covered more than 300 acres, killed thousands of fish, destroyed some nearby homes and filled the Emory and Clinch Rivers to their banks.
The Coalition for a Constitutional Senate says U.S. Senate candidate Joe Carr lifted phrases and entire sentences from a conservative research think tank’s website in response to a political questionnaire.
Carr tells The Tennessean he did some research, wrote down his answers, and says he thought he was pretty clear that those thoughts and ideas were not completely his own.