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1. Uninsured Rate Up to 12.3 Percent Amid ‘Obamacare’ Turmoil -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of U.S. adults without health insurance is up nearly 3.5 million this year, as rising premiums and political turmoil over "Obamacare" undermine coverage gains that drove the nation's uninsured rate to a historic low.

2. Last Word: Alexander on Trump, Gibson Sells and Chandler Home Sales Numbers -

If you tuned out at half-time in Houston Thursday evening, you may need to examine your committment and give me five sets of wind sprints from East Parkway to the fountain at the other end of Tiger Lane. And no drinking the blue water.

3. Trump's Health Subsidy Shutdown Could Lead to Free Insurance -

WASHINGTON (AP) – If President Donald Trump prevails in shutting down a major "Obamacare" health insurance subsidy, it would have the unintended consequence of making free basic coverage available to more people, and making upper-tier plans more affordable.

4. Last Word: T.A. Talks Memphis, EDGE Debate and Politics, Lots of Politics -

Grizz season opener at the Forum Wednesday is a win over NOLA 103 – 91. And Tony Allen’s Grizz jersey is retired. The day before, Allen wrote a piece for The Players’ Tribune on the Memphis experience and it is just about the best thing that will happen to you all day. He just walks right off the court and into the soul of this place.

5. IRS Still Enforcing Obama-Era Insurance Mandate -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Contrary to widespread perceptions, the IRS still appears to be enforcing the unpopular Obama-era requirement that most people carry health insurance or risk a fine.

The agency says on its website that it will automatically reject electronic returns for tax year 2017 that don't specify if the taxpayer had health insurance. That insurance requirement, known as the individual mandate, is the top target of so-far fruitless efforts by Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

6. Uncertainty Reigns Ahead of New Health Care Sign-Up Period -

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Jason Sanford has heard so many rumors about the changing health care landscape that every few weeks he dials a local information desk, seeking just a rough estimate of what his diabetes medication will soon cost him.

7. Senators Reach Deal on Resuming Payments to Health Insurers -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Key senators reached a breakthrough deal Tuesday on resuming federal payments to health insurers that President Donald Trump has blocked. Insurers had warned that unless the money is quickly restored, premiums will go up.

8. Medicare Open Enrollment Season is Here -

If you are a Medicare enrollee, you should know that open enrollment takes place from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7, 2017. Any changes you make to your coverage will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018. Since your health care priorities are likely to change over time, you might find it beneficial to review and make alterations to how you structure your Medicare solution.

9. County Commission Advances Pay Raises -

Shelby County Commissioners advanced pay raises Monday, Oct. 16, for 19 elected offices including their own, but vote totals on the three separate pay ordinances varied.

Ranging from 32.4 percent for sheriff to a 10.3 percent hike for county commissioners, the pay raises would take effect with the winners of the August 2018 county general elections. That’s if each of the ordinances gets the required nine-vote, two-thirds majority on third and final reading.

10. Arkansas OKs New Rate Increases for Marketplace Insurers -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Arkansas has approved average rate increases ranging from 14.2 percent to nearly 25 percent for plans offered through the insurance marketplace under the federal health care overhaul.

11. Calling It a Beginning, Trump Signs Health Care Order -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Frustrated by health care failures in Congress, President Donald Trump directed his administration Thursday to rewrite some federal insurance rules as a beginning of renewed efforts to undermine "Obamacare," the program he's promised to kill.

12. Give Employers, Families, Seniors Relief From Pending ACA Tax -

If you have health insurance coverage through work, you may be interested in knowing that your premiums could go up next year by as much as $500. But amid all the debate about health insurance, you likely haven’t heard much about it.

13. Steele Joins Southern Growth Studio’s Anthropology Team -

April Steele has joined Southern Growth Studio as a business anthropologist, responsible for collecting and analyzing data to evaluate existing and potential products and services. Steele’s hire comes as the Memphis-based innovation consulting firm grows its applied anthropology practice. Using qualitative social research methods like ethnography, the anthropology team steers the innovation process, conducting primary research to distill and communicate key insights to clients.

14. Last Word: A Centennial, Corker Controversy Goes Wider and Ranked Choice Votes -

One of the most influential political figures in the city and state in the last half of the 20th century turned 100 years old MondayLewis Donelson, cofounder and senior counsel at Baker Donelson. A direct descendant of Andrew Jackson, the president from Tennessee who made the mold of the modern Democratic Party, Donelson started out, of course, as a Democrat. But by the 1950s was shaping the modern local and state Republican parties.

15. White House to Order Health Care Alternatives -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House is finalizing an executive order that would expand health plans offered by associations to allow individuals to pool together and buy insurance outside their states, a unilateral move that follows failed efforts by Congress to overhaul the health care system.

16. Fincher Launches Tennessee Listening Tour About Senate Bid -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Former Rep. Stephen Fincher, a gospel singing farmer from the rural western Tennessee community of Frog Jump, is launching a statewide tour to weigh whether to join the race to succeed Republican Bob Corker in the Senate.

17. Memphis Offering Benefits To Part-Time Employees -

The city of Memphis is rolling out a plan to offer benefits to its part-time employees.

Starting this month, part-time employees who are scheduled for 20 or more hours per week and have been employed by the city for at least a year will be eligible to enroll for benefits such as group accident coverage, cancer assistance, critical illness insurance, term life insurance and individual disability insurance.

18. ACA Sales Tax to Impact Businesses, Employees Starting In January 2018 -

With ongoing premium increases small and large businesses and their employees normally experience each year, the added cost of a new sales tax on health insurance premiums that goes into effect on Jan. 1 is expected to hit particularly hard.

19. Monica Wharton Starts New Role As Methodist’s Chief Legal Officer -

When Monica Wharton came to the Glankler Brown law firm, she specialized in employment law. She was good at it.

20. Let It Go: Stress, Finances Don’t Mix Well -

Ray’s Take: Worrying is a way that our brain prepares us for the next challenge or opportunity, and it’s healthy in low doses. But too many of us are consumed by worry, which creates stress. And stressful thinking can sabotage your finances. A 2015 study by the American Psychological Association found that money is the leading cause of stress for many Americans.

21. Hey, Hope, How Are You? -

“HEY, DAN.” I was attempting to visit a friend in extended care at Regional One. That’s in the Turner Tower. “The what?” the parking lot attendant replied, and then added, “Got to be one of those.”

22. Last Word: Bonus For the Head Tiger, Brooks Downtown? and Harris Runs -

A $100,000 bonus from the University of Memphis board of trustees for U of M president David Rudd at Wednesday’s trustees meeting. The bonus is from private funds raised by the university foundation. The board also approved a paid parental leave policy – specifically the funding for that policy. And it reviewed scaled-back plans for the $30 million new rec center for students that will incorporate some of the existing rec center.

23. Senate Panel OKs Bipartisan Children's Health Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A bipartisan bill financing health insurance for millions of low-income children won easy approval Wednesday from the Senate Finance Committee as pressure grew on Congress to act, four days after federal funding for the program expired.

24. State Politicians in No Hurry to Fix Health Insurance -

We don’t need no stinkin’ special session on Medicaid expansion.

That’s pretty much the Republican response to House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh’s call for Gov. Bill Haslam to bring lawmakers back to Nashville after the Graham-Cassidy bill failed in Congress.

25. Trying to Get Sober? NIH Offers Tool to Help Find Good Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The phone calls come – from fellow scientists and desperate strangers – with a single question for the alcohol chief at the National Institutes of Health: Where can my loved one find good care to get sober?

26. Memphis Offering Benefits To Part-Time City Employees -

The city of Memphis is rolling out a plan to offer benefits to its part-time employees.

Starting this month, part-time employees who are scheduled for 20 or more hours per week and have been employed by the city for at least a year will be eligible to enroll for benefits such as group accident coverage, cancer assistance, critical illness insurance, term life insurance and individual disability insurance.

27. Events -

The 2017 Senior Safari, hosted by the Professional Network on Aging, will take place Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Memphis Zoo, 2000 Prentiss Place. The day will feature free zoo admission for individuals 55 and older; free parking and tram rides; live entertainment; and information on healthy living, financial planning, housing, insurance and more. Visit pnamidsouth.org for details.

28. Trump's Health Secretary Resigns in Travel Flap -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump's health secretary resigned Friday, after his costly travel triggered investigations that overshadowed the administration's agenda and angered his boss. Tom Price's regrets and partial repayment couldn't save his job.

29. 3 Carriers Plan to Continue Health Coverage in Tennessee -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – All three carriers offering health insurance through the Federally Facilitated Marketplace in Tennessee have signed agreements to provide coverage next year.

The Tennessee Department Commerce and Insurance says open enrollment will begin on Nov. 1.

30. Get Your Flu Shots, US Urges Amid Concerns About Bad Season -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It's flu shot time, and health officials are bracing for a potentially miserable fall and winter.

The clues: The Southern Hemisphere, especially Australia, was hit hard over the past few months with a flu strain that's notorious for causing severe illness, especially in seniors.

31. Congress at Crossroads After Another GOP Health Care Failure -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Congress is at a crossroads after Republicans' stinging failure to repeal Barack Obama's health care law. But what's next – more partisan conflict or a pragmatic shift toward cooperation?

32. Graham-Cassidy Bill Withdrawn Amidst Local Protest -

Ahead of an increasingly tentative vote on the latest Republican health care proposal in the U.S. Senate, about 100 critics of the Graham-Cassidy bill rallied Downtown Monday, Sept. 25, to call for U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee to vote against the proposal.

33. Tennessee Insurance Commissioner Approves Premium Requests -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Three companies lined up to sell insurance on the Obamacare exchange in Tennessee in 2018 have had their premium requests approved by the state's insurance commissioner.

34. Health Benefit Offers From Small Businesses Keep Vanishing -

Only half of America's smallest businesses now offer health coverage to their workers because many say steady cost hikes have made it too expensive to afford a benefit nearly all large employers still provide.

35. Dean: Economic Development More Difficult in Memphis -

It’s a story that former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean tells just about every place in the state he goes in his campaign to be the state’s next governor.

36. Panel: Memphis a Food Town in Which Restaurants Build Community -

High Cotton Brewing Co. co-founder Brice Timmons has a quote he jokingly uses to describe the life of a beer brewer in Memphis.

37. Republicans Unveil Long-Shot Effort on Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senators on Wednesday rolled out competing plans for the nation's health care system, with a group of GOP senators making a last, long-shot effort to undo Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders proposing universal government-run coverage.

38. Opioid Committee on Right Track, Obstacles Remain -

Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold can remember the first time his detectives brought a heroin case to him three or four years ago.

“Of course, my reaction immediately was, ‘I thought that went away in the late 70s.’ But we’re seeing it. In fact, we are averaging approximately five heroin overdoses a month just in the town of Smyrna,” adds Arnold, whose city about 10 miles southeast of Nashville has a population of nearly 48,600.

39. American Household Income Finally Topped 1999 Peak Last Year -

WASHINGTON (AP) – In a stark reminder of the damage done by the Great Recession and of the modest recovery that followed, the median American household only last year finally earned more than it did in 1999.

40. Catching Up In the Home Stretch -

Ray’s Take: There aren’t a lot of benefits to getting older, but when it comes to saving for retirement, there are a few. If you’re 50 or older and feel like you haven’t saved quite as much as you would like for your retirement plan, you could be in luck when it comes to contributions.

41. Transplants Foundation Teams With Good Shepherd -

Good Shepherd Pharmacy and the National Foundation for Transplants have teamed up to bring affordable medication to Tennessee transplant patients.

NFT helps families with financial hardships by providing grants for transplant-related expenses, and now their patients will also have access to either free or at-cost prescription medication through Good Shepherd Pharmacy.

42. Haslam to Give Health Care Testimony in US Senate -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is traveling to Washington this week to testify in Congress.

Haslam is scheduled to appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee on Thursday, Sept. 7. The panel is chaired by Lamar Alexander, Tennessee’s senior senator.

43. Congress Returns, Faces Pressing Issues Including Harvey Aid -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Lawmakers returned to Washington Tuesday facing fast-approaching deadlines, including pressing demands to replenish dwindling disaster aid reserves as Texas and Louisiana dig out from Harvey and an even more powerful hurricane, Irma, bears down on the U.S.

44. Tax Overhaul Faces Resistance From Fans of Some Deductions -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans have pledged to overhaul the nation's complex tax code. To slash taxes, they say they'll curb a web of expensive deductions and credits to allow more revenue to flow to the government.

45. Groups Seek Ban on High-Dose Opioids Citing Overdose Danger -

CHICAGO (AP) – Safety advocates and state health officials are formally calling on the Food and Drug Administration to ban high-dose opioid painkillers to prevent accidental overdose deaths among patients and people who abuse drugs.

46. Commission Votes Down Health Coverage Change -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a switch Monday, Aug, 28, of the county’s health insurance administration contract from Cigna to an $11 million, two-year contract with two one-year renewal options with Aetna.

47. Last Word: After The Eclipse, A Very Large Magnet and Cyber Insurance -

Back from the eclipse it would seem. Although I’m pretty sure some part of the moon is still obscuring me. Alas, I will just have to walk around with a crescent missing here or there. Just don’t look at me directly and we will both be okay. Although you might see me wearing the Seer Sucker this week seeing as how the same laws that govern looking at the sun during an eclipse apparently apply to wearing Seer Sucker after Labor Day. It's just not done. Famous last words.

48. County Commission Votes Down Health Coverage Change -

Shelby County Commissioners voted down a switch Monday, Aug, 28, of the county’s health insurance administration contract from Cigna to Aetna in an $11 million two-year contract with two renewals of one year each.

49. Sneed Insurance Takes Aim at Growth Under Third-Generation Owner -

In March, Tommy Sneed Jr. bought out his father, three uncles and an aunt, and became the owner of 60-year-old Sneed Insurance.

Previously, he did not have a stake in the family business. Instead, he had gone out on his own and for four years been the owner of Sneed Insurance Advisors. That experience taught him the “grind of a startup business,” the reality of working to build it every single day, ideas always swirling, and nowhere to look but in the mirror in those moments when you have worries.

50. Boyle Insurance President Gresham A Trailblazer for Women in Industry -

In 1973, Cindi Gresham was a biology major at the University of Memphis – then called Memphis State University – when she was offered a part-time job, and later a full-time job, at a now-defunct Memphis insurance agency.

51. Computer Attacks Underscore Need for Cyber Insurance -

The cyberattack that hit FedEx subsidiary TNT Express in June, temporarily disrupting the company’s worldwide information systems, was a reminder about the fragility of digital systems that Herb Davis didn’t need.

52. Ryan to Face Voters Following Trump Nationwide Address -

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan will be taking questions from Wisconsin voters during a nationally televised town hall meeting Monday night immediately following President Donald Trump's address on Afghanistan.

53. Report: Higher Premiums If Trump Halts 'Obamacare' Subsidies -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Premiums for a popular type of individual health care plan would rise sharply, and more people would be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop "Obamacare" payments to insurers, the Congressional Budget Office says.

54. SBA Head Sees Businesses Held Back by Lack of Loans, Workers -

NEW YORK (AP) – Six months into her tenure as head of the Small Business Administration, Linda McMahon sees a split among small business owners – they are increasingly optimistic, she says, but many are held back by their inability to get loans or find the right workers for jobs that are staying open.

55. New Life for Medicaid After GOP's Health Care Debacle -

WASHINGTON (AP) – It may not equal Social Security and Medicare as a "third rail" program that politicians touch at their own risk, yet Medicaid seems to have gotten stronger after the Republican failure to pass health care legislation.

56. Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Foundation Expanding Reach -

In 2017, there will be an estimated 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,610 breast cancer deaths. Those sobering numbers come from the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the largest nonprofit source of breast cancer research.

57. Employer-Based Health Coverage Likely to Stay Awhile -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Get your insurance through your employer? The ongoing political turmoil around "Obamacare" all but guarantees you'll still be able to do that.

Ask Walt Rowen, whose business is etching glass but whose experience managing century-old, family-owned Susquehanna Glass makes him something of an expert on health care. He's provided coverage to employees, then canceled it, steering them to the health insurance exchange. But with those premiums rising, Rowen this year is again covering his 70 or so workers under the umbrella of employer-sponsored health insurance.

58. Kustoff: Window for Congressional Tax Reform Narrow -

When the House and Senate return to Washington from the August recess, the clock will be ticking on a tax-reform proposal that is a Republican priority.

And U.S. Rep. David Kustoff of Germantown says time is of the essence with 53 legislative days left in the year, as midterm election considerations in 2018 will make a tax-cut bill he and other Republicans favor more unlikely.

59. Hundreds Show Up for Jobs at Amazon Warehouses in US Cities -

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) – Hundreds of people showed up Wednesday for a chance to pack and ship products to Amazon customers, as the e-commerce company held a giant job fair at nearly a dozen U.S. warehouses.

60. US Employment Costs Grew Slower in Second Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Wages and benefits paid to U.S. civilian workers grew more slowly in the second quarter.

The Labor Department said Friday total compensation was up 0.5 percent in the April-June period, compared to 0.8 percent growth in the first quarter.

61. Alexander, Corker Look Beyond ‘Skinny Repeal’; Cohen Rant Goes Viral -

Tennessee’s two U.S. senators see the failure of the “skinny repeal” health care bill in the Senate as a missed opportunity.

Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both supported the measure, along with all but three of the rest of the Republican majority in the Senate. But the bill that would have repealed Obamacare without an immediate replacement and which Republicans senators didn’t want the House to approve and send to President Donald Trump fell short of passage with only 49 votes.

62. Alexander, Corker Look Beyond ‘Skinny Repeal’; Cohen Rant Goes Viral -

Tennessee’s two U.S. senators see the failure of the “skinny repeal” health care bill in the Senate as a missed opportunity.

Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker both supported the measure, along with all but three of the rest of the Republican majority in the Senate. But the bill that would have repealed Obamacare without an immediate replacement and which Republicans senators didn’t want the House to approve and send to President Donald Trump fell short of passage with only 49 votes.

63. Boyd Says Luttrell Endorsement is ‘Partnership’ -

Republican contender for Tennessee governor Randy Boyd says his endorsement this week by Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell is more like a partnership.

64. Last Word: Repeal Votes, ServiceMaster Exit and Cooper-Young Apartments -

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee was among the seven Republican Senators who voted Wednesday against a bill that would have repealed the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement. U.S. Senator Bob Corker voted for the repeal. The bill failed.

65. Now Hiring at Amazon: Thousands of People in 1 Day -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon plans to make thousands of job offers in just one day as it holds a giant job fair next week at nearly a dozen warehouses across the U.S. – including one in Chattanooga.

66. Aetna Teams Up With Mississippi Health Network -

The Mississippi Affiliated Health Network, an alliance of hospitals and more than 1,000 clinicians, has entered into an agreement with the insurance giant Aetna that will serve about 9,000 patients across Mississippi.

67. 'Let Obamacare Fail,' Trump Says After GOP Plan Collapses -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump declared Tuesday it's time to "let Obamacare fail" after the latest GOP health care plan crashed and burned in the Senate, a stunning failure for the president, Republican leader Mitch McConnell and a party that has vowed for years to abolish the law.

68. Aetna Teams Up With Mississippi Affiliated Health Network -

The Mississippi Affiliated Health Network, an alliance of hospitals and more than 1,000 clinicians, has entered into an agreement with the insurance giant Aetna that will serve about 9,000 patients across Mississippi.

69. Tennessee Hospitals Group Opposes GOP Health Bill Rewrite -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee's lobby group for hospitals says the rewritten Republican health care bill in Congress doesn't have the best interests of Tennesseans or hospitals at heart.

70. Health Insurance Carriers Seek to Raise Tenn. Rates -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has released the insurance rates requested by carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace ahead of open enrollment for 2018.

71. Group Benefits LLC Merges With Alera Group -

Memphis-based employee benefits firm Group Benefits LLC is merging into Alera Group, an independent national insurance brokerage and wealth management firm covering 15 stations and 40 locations, the two companies announced Monday, July 10.

72. US Charging 412 in Health Fraud Schemes Worth $1.3 Billion -

WASHINGTON (AP) – More than 400 people have been charged with taking part in health care fraud and opioid scams that totaled $1.3 billion in false billing, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Thursday.

73. Last Word: Marathon County Budget Session, New Chandler Numbers and Confluence -

As we post this edition of Last Word, there is still some confusion about the KC-130 Marine cargo plane that crashed near the Leflore-Sunflower County line in Mississippi Monday evening.

All 16 people on board were killed in the crash.

74. Survey: US Uninsured Up by 2M This Year as Gains Erode -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The number of U.S. adults without health insurance has grown by some 2 million this year, according to a major new survey that finds recent coverage gains beginning to erode.

75. Health Insurance Carriers Seek to Raise Tenn. Rates -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has released the insurance rates requested by carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace ahead of open enrollment for 2018.

76. Memphis-Based Group Benefits Merges With Alera Group -

Memphis-based employee benefits company Group Benefits LLC is merging into Alera Group, an independent national insurance brokerage and wealth management firm covering 15 states and 40 locations, the two companies announced Monday, July 10.

77. Last Word: Rumors, The Return of Tyreke Evans and Broadband in Millington -

There is a popular saying attributed to Winston Churchill that goes like this: “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” Even before social media, that was certainly the case in this part of the world called Memphis. The part of our history that doesn’t fit in books is littered with rumors that turned the city upside down in a much shorter period of time than it took to repair the damage done. That is what happened this weekend with Memphis Light Gas and Water.

78. Health Insurance Carriers Seek Higher Rates in Tennessee -

The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance has released the insurance rates requested by carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace ahead of open enrollment for 2018.

79. SunTrust to Launch Financial Wellness Program -

Physical fitness initiatives have become an increasingly familiar part of corporate life, from employee health risk assessments to offering financial incentives to improve wellness. SunTrust Banks Inc. wants to help companies offer a twist on that concept – fiscal wellness.

80. Rock for Love Set for 11th Anniversary -

Church Health founder Dr. Scott Morris once tried to put into words what he thinks about Rock for Love, the annual benefit concert launched in 2007 for the clinic he founded and which returns next month for the 11th time.

81. GOP May Keep Some Obama Tax Hikes to Save Health Care Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Top Senate Republicans on Thursday considered keeping President Barack Obama's tax increase on wealthier people's investments and using the money to bolster their proposed health care subsidies in a bid to mollify moderate GOP lawmakers and salvage the party's struggling bill.

82. US Economic Growth in Q1 Upgraded to 1.4 Percent -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy got off to a lackluster start during the first three months of 2017, though it enjoyed more momentum than earlier estimates indicated.

The Commerce Department said Thursday that gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic health, grew at an annual rate of 1.4 percent in the first quarter – better than a previous estimate of 1.2 percent and double the initial estimate of 0.7 percent. The upgrade reflects new-found strength in consumer spending and exports.

83. The Latest: Trump Promises 'Big Surprise' on Health Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Obama health care law (all times EDT):

2:30 p.m.

President Donald Trump says the Republican health care effort is "working along very well" and suggested there could be a "big surprise coming." The White House did not elaborate on what Trump meant.

84. McConnell Delays Health Care Vote; Trump Engaged -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Republican legislation overhauling the Obama health care law (all times EDT):

2:40 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he is delaying a vote on a Senate health care bill while GOP leadership works toward getting enough votes.

85. Last Word: Harold Ford Jr. on Change, Tourism Turns a Corner and Sim at UTHSC -

Very different outlooks along party lines still in our delegation to Washington over the Senate’s version of Trumpcare.

On the day the Congressional Budget Office estimated the proposal would end health insurance coverage for 22 million Americans, Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s reaction:

86. GOP Leaders Add Penalty for Lapsed Coverage to Health Bill -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders added a penalty for people who've let their insurance lapse Monday as party leaders prepared to begin pushing their health care measure through the Senate, despite a rebellion within GOP ranks.

87. Carriers Submit Health Coverage Plans for Tenn. -

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Cigna and Oscar Health have notified the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance of their intent to offer individual health insurance coverage on and off the Federally Facilitated Marketplace when open enrollment begins for 2018 on Nov. 1.

88. Alexander Reviews Senate Draft of Health Care Bill -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says a draft of a Senate health care bill that surfaced Thursday, June 22, would not change the federal law protecting citizens with pre-existing medical conditions, doesn’t change Medicare benefits and ups Medicaid funding at the rate of inflation.

89. Last Word: Health Care Plan React, Treasury Footprint and Tom Bowen - Take Two -

It’s like they aren’t even looking at the same legislation. That’s one explanation of the very different reviews the Senate health care bill got Thursday as it was unveiled in Washington. Illustrating the contrast, the reactions of Republican U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis.

90. Carriers Submit Health Care Coverage Plans for Tennessee -

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Cigna and Oscar Health have notified the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance of their intent to offer individual health insurance coverage on and off the Federally Facilitated Marketplace when open enrollment begins for 2018 on Nov. 1.

91. Alexander Reviews Senate Draft of Health Care Bill -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee says a draft of a Senate health care bill that surfaced Thursday, June 22, would not change the federal law protecting citizens with pre-existing medical conditions, doesn’t change Medicare benefits and ups Medicaid funding at the rate of inflation.

92. Alexander Seeks to Extend ACA Cost-Sharing Payments -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee called Thursday, June 15, for the White House to extend temporary cost-sharing payments under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act “at least through 2018 – and probably should go ahead and do it through 2019.”

93. Alexander Seeks Extension Of ACA Cost-Sharing Payments -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee called Thursday, June 15, for the White House to extend temporary cost-sharing payments under the Obama administration’s Affordable Care Act “at least through 2018 – and probably should go ahead and do it through 2019.”

94. Medicaid Cuts Could Hit Rural Children Hardest -

As Congress fiddles with an Obamacare replacement, one likely to cut billions in Medicaid spending, health care experts warn a decrease in funding could be hard on Tennessee.

During a recent forum in Jackson, Andy Schneider of the Georgetown Center on Children and Families reported that 50 percent of Tennessee’s children in small towns and rural areas are covered by Medicaid, a higher percentage than the rest of the nation, and more than in Tennessee’s urban areas where 39 percent have Medicaid.

95. Tennessee Improves 3 Spots to 35th in Child Well-Being Marks -

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee has improved three spots to rank 35th in overall child well-being, according to a new report released Tuesday.

In the Annie E. Casey Foundation's annual KIDS COUNT Data Book, Tennessee improved seven spots to 35th in economic well-being, jumped two positions to 26th in health, improved three spots to 33rd in education, but dropped one position to 40th in family and community.

96. Study Ranks Tennessee 35th-Strongest Economy -

Tennessee has the 35th best economy in the U.S. and would have ranked higher if not for the state’s overall innovation potential. That’s according to a new study by financial planning website WalletHub, which compared key economic indicators of all 50 states and the District of Columbia for performance and strength.

97. Study Ranks Tennessee 35th-Strongest Economy -

Tennessee has the 35th best economy in the U.S. and would have ranked higher if not for the state’s overall innovation potential. That’s according to a new study by financial planning website WalletHub, which compared key economic indicators of all 50 states and the District of Columbia for performance and strength.

98. Poll: GOP Health Bill a Far Cry From Trump Promises -

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has called the House-passed health care bill a "great plan," but a new poll finds that 3 out of 4 people in the United States do not believe it fulfills most of his promises.

99. Older Americans Want Medicare to Pay for Long-Term Care -

WASHINGTON (AP) – A growing number of Americans age 40 and older think Medicare should cover the costs of long-term care for older adults, according to a poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

100. Poor and Disabled Big Losers in Trump Budget; Military Wins -

WASHINGTON (AP) — The poor and the disabled are big losers in President Donald Trump's $4.1 trillion budget proposal while the Pentagon is a big winner.

Trump's plan for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 makes deep cuts in safety net programs, including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. The proposal also includes big cuts in Social Security's disability program.