Bright & Early: Snip Snap Edition

Good morning, Nashville. Neighborhood health clinics are the latest item on the chopping block for Tennessee’s round of budget cuts. Each year, 23 neighborhood health clinics around the state provide health care for uninsured Tennesseans–a number that’s growing by the day thanks to our 10.5% unemployment rate. Like every other department in the State of Tennessee, the Department of Health is looking at a 9% overall cut. With the loss of state funding, many of the clinics could be forced to close down or at least limit their services. Meanwhile, Governor Phil brings up the option of cutting state-funded health care altogether, though cutting it “would be very low on the priority list.”

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