In order to introduce and pass Insurance Fairness for Amputees legislation, we need people with varying levels of advocacy experience to aid our efforts in an upcoming session. We are actively seeking advocates to show support, contact legislators, or lead the effort in Tennessee.
The Tennessee General Assembly has previously introduced Insurance Fairness for Amputees. The most recent introduction took place in 2009. The legislation was introduced in both chambers. HB1359 was introduced and referred to House Commerce Committee and subsequently Industrial Impact Subcommittee. However, it did not garner a hearing before either the subcommittee or full committee. SB1700 was introduced and referred to the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee, but did not receive any consideration before the committee. Both measure died upon adjournment.
State Government Information
The Republican Party controls both chambers of the State Legislature and the Office of the Governor.
Tennessee’s State Legislature works on a two year cycle. Session runs from January until April each year.
The Office of Governor has an election every four years that coincides with Congressional Mid-Term Elections. The next election will be held in 2022. An individual elected to the Office of the Governor can serve two consecutive terms. The Governor is responsible for signing legislation into law and granting formal proclamations, such as Limb Loss Awareness Month.
The Tennessee Department of Insurance is a state department falling under the executive branch of Tennessee’s government. The Governor appoints the Commissioner of Insurance to observe the oversight of the insurance industry. The Department provides information about insurance payment reforms and the ability to file a complaint against an insurance provider.
The Amputee Coalition needs support from the limb loss/difference community. If you are interested in aiding our efforts: