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Action Alert – TANA Supports Insure Tennessee

Dear TANA Member: The Tennessee Association of Nurse Anesthetists has joined Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee, which supports Insure Tennessee, a proposal being put forward by Governor Haslam to provide health insurance coverage to more than 170,000 low-income, working Tennesseans.  The coalition is comprised of more than 100 organizations supporting this effort, including AARP, Vanderbilt University, the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, the Rural Health Association and a myriad of healthcare provider organizations. TANA is supporting Insure Tennessee because of its commitment to promoting access to safe, quality healthcare.  Many of TANA's members practice in rural settings throughout the state, and we believe that Insure Tennessee will provide much needed access to care in communities across the state.   In fact, in 41 of Tennessee's 95 counties, CRNAs are the sole anesthesia provider. As a healthcare provider in this state, you probably know of or may have provided treatment to Tennesseans who are living in the Medicaid gap.  Often times, the working poor are single parents, children and even veterans.  Insure Tennessee is a plan to help these folks have access to health insurance. We are asking that TANA members to share their support of Insure Tennessee in one of the following ways: Contact your legislator by phone and e-mail to voice your support for Insure Tennessee.  To find your legislator: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/legislators/. Statements for support of Insure Tennessee: Insure Tennessee is market-based health care reform that Tennessee needs. It will be good for working Tennesseans, good for our economy and stabilize our rural hospitals. It will not cost Tennessee taxpayers anything - no new taxes or cost to the state budget. In fact, it keeps the Medicaid taxes paid by Tennesseans in our state to care for working Tennesseans instead of being spent on expansion in California, New York or other states. Please include your name, organization, telephone number and home address, and request the representative vote in support of Insure Tennessee. Attend the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee's Day on the Hill on February 3, 2015.To register for the Day on the Hill click here. Everything is free but everyone must register so that we can have an accurate head count to plan. Share information with your colleagues about Insure Tennessee. To...

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Video Challenges

Happy CRNA Week!! As a part of this celebration, our Tennessee student nurse anesthetists have written and produced their own series of "challenge" videos to help promote our great profession. Look for new videos throughout the week as we watch our future CRNAs discuss why they are proud to be "The Future of Anesthesia Care TODAY!" UTK Challenges Union CRNA Union Answers Back - Challenges MTSA MTSA Answers Back - Challenges...

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Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee, does hereby proclaim January 25-31, 2015 as “CRNA Week in Tennessee”

A PROCLAMATION to honor Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists during “CRNA Week” January 25-31, 2015 in Tennessee WHEREAS, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists were the first professional group to provide anesthesia in the United States and are the oldest recognized group of advanced practice registered nurse specialists; and WHEREAS, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are essential to Tennessee's health care system, having provided high-quality, cost-effective anesthesia care for one hundred and fifty years; and WHEREAS, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are anesthesia specialists who administer more than thirty-four million anesthetics in the United States each year; and WHEREAS, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists are the sole anesthesia providers in many of Tennessee’s ninety-five counties, providing patients with obstetrical, surgical and trauma stabilization services; and WHEREAS, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists practice in every setting in which anesthesia is delivered, including traditional hospital surgical suites and obstetrical delivery rooms; critical access hospitals; ambulatory surgical centers; the offices of dentists, podiatrists, ophthalmologists and plastic surgeons; and United States military, public health services and veterans administration health care facilities; NOW, THEREFORE I, Bill Haslam, Governor of the State of Tennessee, do hereby proclaim January 25-31, 2015 as “National CRNA Week” and recognize Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists as outstanding health care professionals who are committed to providing outstanding quality of care in...

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