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For the first time, Tennesseans have a way to directly apply for Medicaid online. Over the weekend, TennCare Connect went live, allowing residents to fill out forms and upload documents at a new website or with a smartphone app.

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Nineteen people were charged last week after a coordinated drug bust in Grundy County. Most of the defendants face charges related to distribution of methamphetamine — a drug that has flown below the radar amid the deadly opioid epidemic.

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A proposed change to how Tennessee's Medicaid program is funded by the federal government has some health care advocates worried. The state could be one of the first to ask for a so-called "block grant" to pay for the health care of low-income residents.

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A Nashville-based startup has taken over a troubled chain of opioid treatment centers in East Tennessee with visions of expanding throughout the region. And job number one is rehabbing the old company's image.

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A Florida-based firm sees opportunity in some of Tennessee's struggling rural hospitals. Rennova Health has bought a third facility on the upper Cumberland Plateau.

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HCA is expanding an effort to control infections acquired in its hospitals with a souped-up sponge bath.

This follows a study conducted in 53 HCA facilities and published in the journal The Lancet.

courtesy Office of Inspector General

Gov. Bill Lee wants to nearly double the size of TennCare's fraud unit.

He proposed the expansion during this week's State of the State address as part of a way to cut health care costs.

Blake Farmer / WPLN

Meharry Medical College has unveiled its big idea to overhaul the way Nashville cares for patients who can't pay. It would require every hospital in town to cooperate in a new way, funneling the least sick patients to General Hospital, which would refer out those needing specialty care.

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The Tennessee legislature is considering whether to raise the smoking age from 18 to 21. It's a move that even has some support from one of the world's largest tobacco conglomerates.

Alex Kent / Tennessee Justice Center

As of 7 a.m. Friday, the small town of Celina has no functioning hospital.

Cumberland River Hospital became the 11th rural hospital in Tennessee to close in recent years — more than any state but Texas. Now the remote lakeside community of 1,500 people is bracing for inevitable ripple effects, which include a blow to the city's economic development plan to attract retirees.   

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