Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Council To Discuss Proposed Hospital Law

The Cookeville city council Thursday night will be considering a resolution that expresses their opposition to a state law being sponsored by local lawmakers Charlotte Burks and Charles Curtiss. The law would prohibit the state insurance plan from entering into an exclusive contract with the city-owned hospital -- in return for deeply discounted rates. Hospital officials say the contract helps them to provide care not only for state employees, but for others who may not have the ability to pay. Supporters of the legislation say its intended to "level the playing field" for other health care providers.