Baum, Speaker Sexton meet with local health care leaders discussion in Murfreesboro

Sep 24, 2020 at 07:00 am by Voice Wire

Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, left and State Rep. Charlie Baum, center, meet with health care professionals at Primary Care and Hope Clinic in Murfreesboro on Sept. 23 to discuss health care amid the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Tennessee House Speaker Cameron Sexton, R-Crossville, and State Rep. Charlie Baum, R-Murfreesboro, Thursday, Sept. 23 met with local medical leaders in Murfreesboro for an important discussion, focused on health care and the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in Tennessee.

Much of their conversation centered around the General Assembly's recent work to increase access to safe, high-quality and affordable care as an alternative option to in-person visits during the pandemic.

"My priority has always been to find ways to increase access to care, improve the quality of care being provided, and finding new ways for the delivery of services at lower costs to patients," Rep. Baum said. "It was important for me to meet with Speaker Sexton and health care industry leaders because this is the top issue facing our community and Rutherford County."

As part of the recently concluded special session of the Tennessee General Assembly, Baum was instrumental in the passage of historic telehealth legislation that puts patients first by providing them with the option to receive medically necessary care at home through telemedicine. Under this law, insurance providers are also required to cover telehealth services at the same rate as in-person visits.

"Rep. Baum has fought for conservative health solutions that increase access, improve quality and promote affordability for patients throughout the 111th General Assembly," said Speaker Sexton. "He is an effective representative, and I am grateful to Rep. Baum for his service to the citizens of District 37 and to our state. We need him back in Nashville, so we can continue to focus on and prioritize the needs of all Tennessee patients."

A free market economist, Baum is leading efforts to ease restrictions and remove barriers that prevent providers from entering health care markets. This potential solution will create more affordable options for all Tennesseans. Additionally, Baum is working on a proposal for the 2021 legislative session that addresses surprise medical billing for out-of-network care.

The 112th Tennessee General Assembly officially begins on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.


Baum, if you want to increase "access to health care", then start a push to expand medicaid in TN!! Your republican party reps in Nashville have refused these monies for eight years, monies which would have provided health insurance to about 300,000 of our neediest Tennesseans.Only ten other states in the U.S. besides TN have refused this money. Not only has your refusal left many without necessary insurance for emergencies and for needed medical maintenance, but this has contributed to the closing of more than a dozen Tennessee hospitals, many in rural areas. This lack of insurance often causes our fellow Tennesseans to be sicker longer and die more easily because of the hesitancy of people without insurance to seek any type of medical help. One 30 year old friend's son hesitated to get medical care when he got sick with Covid symptoms. He was otherwise healthy/robust, but now he is dead. Shame!!
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