Knoxville, Tenn., — The Knoxville Chamber's board of directors approved the Urban Chambers’ joint legislative agenda today, which included support for Gov. Bill Haslam's newly proposed healthcare plan, “Insure Tennessee.”
During the meeting, Susan Richardson Williams, chairwoman of the Chamber's government relations and public policy committee, presented the Urban Chambers’ resolution and details on the healthcare proposal, which the government relations committee had previously approved before bringing it before the board.
“We were very pleased to have the support of both the government relations committee and the Chamber's board of directors in approving the Urban Chambers’ legislative agenda," Williams said. "A key piece of that agenda is the governor's new 'Insure Tennessee' healthcare plan for our state, which we believe is a positive step for both the business and healthcare community. We look forward to joining in the discussions as this pivital legislation is debated."
Chamber President and CEO Mike Edwards noted that the Urban Chambers — Knoxville, Nashville, Memphis and Chattanooga — have each endorsed the resolution presented today, including the expansion of Medicaid.
“The governor’s 'Insure Tennessee' proposal addresses the working poor and expands access to care for them, thereby helping them become healthier and avoid workplace absenteeism," Edwards said. "It’s also good for the economy, especially for our local hospitals and other providers who generally account for four of the top 10 employers. I am pleased that the board has endorsed this plan.”
Other items on the Urban Chambers’ joint legislative agenda included:
- Support for rigorous K-12 standards and aligned assessments
- Support for the goal to have 55 percent of Tennesseans to have postsecondary credentials
- Participation from the state of Tennessee in funding mass transit projects in metropolitan areas
- Support local governments promotion of economic development and affordable housing through public/private partnerships
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