Health Law Section

This section works to further the knowledge of its members in federal, state and local health care law. The section also sponsors the nationally known annual Health Law Forum, as well as the primer course for attorneys new to the health law practice.

Chair
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel P....
605 Chestnut Street, Suite 1700
Chattanooga, TN 37450
(423)756-3000
Vice-Chair
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
1211 Union Ave Ste 700
Memphis, TN 38104
(901)516-0560
Immediate Past Chair
Bass Berry & Sims PLC
150 3rd Ave S #2800
Nashville, TN 37201
(615)742-7753
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Tennessee Companies Seek to Join Lawsuit Over Affordable Care Act

Two Tennessee companies have asked to join a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the Nashville Post reports. W.G. Hall, a staffing firm from Knoxville, and Quickway Distribution Services, a transportation company from Nashville, filed a motion to intervene in the case, which is already underway in a Texas federal court. The suit argues that the clause of the ACA requiring companies with 50 or more full-time employees to provide qualified health insurance plans has irreparably harmed them.
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Several States to Issue Waivers on Work Requirements for Medicaid Recipients

As more states impose mandatory work requirements on their Medicaid programs, some have come under fire for policies that would protect many rural residents from the impact of the new rules, Business Insider reports. In Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, the waiver proposals would exempt the counties with the highest unemployment rates, which critics argue skew towards white, GOP-leaning residents. Some health law experts say the waivers — already approved for Kentucky, pending for Ohio, and advancing in Michigan — may violate Title 6 of Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits race-based discrimination in federal assistance programs. The waiver in Kentucky, the first state to approve the work requirements, will exempt eight counties where the percentage of white residents is over 90 percent. Tennessee's work requirement bill for TennCare recipients, HB1551/SB1728, was signed into law on May 3.

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