Press release from the Tennessee Senate Democratic Caucus; February 6, 2015:
NASHVILLE – Following the defeat of Insure Tennessee in the state Senate, a Remote Area Medical clinic plans to treat more than 1,000 people this weekend who can’t afford health insurance.
“The legislature killed Insure Tennessee without offering any alternatives for the uninsured,” state Sen. Jeff Yarbro said. “It’s shameful that thousands of Tennesseans, many of whom work full-time, have no choice but to rely on charity care. We owe it to them to put politics aside and find a real solution to the challenges they face.”
Based in Tennessee, the Remote Area Clinic was inspired by its founder’s personal experience treating patients in the world’s most inaccessible regions, where people are devastated by what would have been simple or minor illnesses in more advanced cultures. The clinic plans to treat patients in Tennessee at various locations over 11 weekends this year.
A clinic will be held in Knoxville Saturday and Sunday at the Jacob Building at 3301 E. Magnolia Ave.
Last year’s clinic in Knoxville was the subject of a segment on The Daily Show.