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Bill Lee for Tennessee/Karl Dean for Governor

Democrat Karl Dean is banking on Medicaid expansion as his winning issue in Tennessee's race for governor, while Republican Bill Lee claims the plan would be detrimental. The opposing views represent the sharpest divide between the candidates.

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A disproportionate share of the rural hospitals that have closed in the last five years were owned by for-profit companies, including some based in Nashville, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

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The proposed buyout of LifePoint Health, a hospital operator based in Brentwood, sheds some light on the state of rural health care: Analysts say companies that run small-town hospitals have to be leaner and more nimble.