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Tennessee Justice Center Celebrates 10 Years

10 Years of Justice
with the Tennessee Justice Center
Fighting for Tennessee Families

  TennCare/Medicare/nursing home reform/disability rights/
civil rights/food security/Families First/foster care/
mental health/immigrant protection

Welfare reform
• reinstatement of benefits when children are at risk of
homelessness or placement in state custody
• creation of a good cause exemption from welfare eligibility time
limits and penalty provisions
• preservation of health coverage for families in transition from
public assistance to work
• legal protections for families with special needs
• creation of a quality review process to make sure families do not
arbitrarily lose benefits
• recognition of right of families harmed by welfare agency to seek
court enforcement of law
Food and nutrition
• extension of time limits for families with children who depend on
food stamps
• changes that allow families to receive food stamps without having
to sell the car that gets them to work
• streamlining the food stamp application to save the state money
and simplify the process for the public
People with disabilities
• court settlement protecting access to home health care and
requiring the state to develop alternatives to nursing home
placement for seniors and adults with disabilities
Health care
• landmark consumer protections for TennCare patients when HMOs
refuse care prescribed by their doctors
• rulings protecting the health coverage of 650,000 children
enrolled in TennCare, including foster care children
• Tennessee Supreme Court decision protecting the uninsured from
unfair hospital pricing practice
• landmark ruling allowing Medicare patients to sue health care
companies to enforce federal quality of care standards
• strengthening of state nursing home quality enforcement
• enforcement of class action protecting nursing home residents from
arbitrary eviction
Civil Rights
• led national legal effort that opened up federal health data to
researchers probing the causes of racial disparities in health care and
health status
• won appeal in class action that mandated desegregation of
Tennessee's nursing homes
• on behalf of immigrants, negotiated reforms of state agency
policies to correct violations of the Civil Rights Act

(10 Years of Justice)

The TBA will host a reception on March 16 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tennessee Justice Center. Join the celebration 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Tennessee Bar Center.
When: Thursday, March 16,
from 5:30 - 7 p.m.
Where: Tennessee Bar Center,
(Nippert Hall, 2nd Floor)
221 Fourth Avenue North
Nashville, Tennessee

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