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As cancer care professionals who experience the challenges of providing quality cancer care first-hand, TOPS members are well positioned to educate decision-makers on how coverage and reimbursement issues affect community oncology. State and federal legislation can have a significant impact on the financial viability of local cancer programs, which is why it's so important that our members make their voices heard.

In an effort to provide resources needed to effectively advocate on the issues that are important to them, our advocacy webpage features weekly legislation updates from the Tennessee General Assembly, local news, and more.

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Legislative Developments

SB 1617/HB 1398 Places Patients First in the Fight for Affordable Prescriptions

On February 18, the Tennessee Patients for Access, Choice, and Transparency (TN PACT) issued a press release applauding State Senator Shane Reeves (R-Murfreesboro) and State Representative Esther Helton (R-East Ridge) for introducing Senate Bill 1617/House Bill 1398.

TN PACT's goal is to address the five pillars of PBM practices that directly harm patients. These include 340B discrimination, specialty pharmacy discrimination, patient steering, spread pricing, and rebate retention. Read more

 
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February 5, 2021

The General Assembly resumed its 112th session following its customary two-week organizational period. Over 700 bills have already been filed in the new session, an abundance of which are caption bills.

The supermajority Republican legislature has seemingly focused much of its attention this year around curbing local government’s authority to implement COVID-related regulations, including legislation that restricts government’s ability to implement mask mandates, limit large gatherings, and even prohibit private businesses from requiring their employees and customers to wear masks or receive vaccines.
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January 22, 2021

The Tennessee General Assembly convened this week for a special session under a narrow focus: respond to educational challenges related to the coronavirus and help school districts navigate the next academic year following 10 months of disruptions.

In a Joint Convention on Tuesday, Gov. Lee directed the legislature to take up three key initiatives that aim to address K-12 learning loss, improve literacy, and hold students, teachers, and schools harmless from student assessments.

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January 15, 2021

The first half of the 112th Tennessee General Assembly commenced on January 12, ushering in a wave of new lawmakers, committee appointments, and the election of constitutional officers. Among an array of changes, the most notable is the revamp of the 111th House committee assignments which lowers the amount of full standing committees to 40 from 43, and blends subcommittee structures to resemble those of former House Speakers Beth Harwell of Nashville and Rep. Glen Casada, R-Franklin.

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January 8, 2021

With the first year of the 112th General Assembly set to convene on  Tuesday, January 12 at noon, the legislature released its plan today on how it will be respond to business operations in the height of a pandemic.

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August 10, 2020

Following Thursday’s primary election, of the four Senators (3 Republican, 1 Democrat), and 23 Representatives (14 Republican, 9 Democrat) facing primary challengers, all but four will likely return to the legislature in 2021 to serve in the 112th General Assembly. As the legislature heads into its special session this week, the membership of the 111th General Assembly will remain true to its current form.

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July 29, 2020

A listing of all Tennessee primary and general election candidates in light of the approaching 2020 midterm elections.

Midterm Election Candidates

 

Executive Order Allows Tennesseans to Return to Work

May 4, 2020

Governor Lee has issued several updated Executive Orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. These orders will directly affect you, your employees, and/or your business practices for the foreseeable future. It is our intention to keep you updated with all administrative changes that occur during this time period so that you can plan accordingly.

Attached is a summary of all Executive Orders related to COVID-19 and the applicable expiration date. Note that these orders are fluid and will continue to evolve as we learn more about the virus and its effect on our economy and healthcare system. We will continue to monitor any changes and provide prompt reports as needed.

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June 19, 2020

On Friday, June 19, the second half of the 111th Tennessee General Assembly concluded early morning. In what could effectively be deemed an “unprecedented” session, lawmakers were forced to pause business for eight weeks in March due to public health concerns arising from the pandemic. In a week’s time, the body passed “essential to function” legislation and an emergency budget.

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May 1, 2020

On Tuesday, April 28, Governor Lee's office issued Executive Order 30, which "supersedes and repeals" previous orders related to COVID-19 containment, allowing most businesses to reopen under new health restrictions.

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