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1. LifePoint Health launches 25m Health incubator -

LifePoint Health has announced a joint venture with New York-based venture studio 25madison and Apollo Global Management that will be seeded initially with $20 million to launch 25m Health, a first-of-its-kind health tech startup incubator in Nashville.

2. Kepro to buy eQHealthSolutions -

Kepro, a health management and technology solutions company with offices in Nashville, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire eQHealth Solutions, LLC.

“Facilitating care for priority populations is core to our work,” says Dr. Susan Weaver, president and chief executive officer. “The acquisition of eQHealth Solutions will enhance our ability to partner with government and commercial clients to improve health care quality, maximize efficiency and better leverage technology and analytics. I am excited about bringing the combined capabilities of Kepro and eQHealth to our clients.”

3. Kennedy to lead new Sherrard group -

Nashville law firm Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison has launched a new health care services group focused on dentists, optometrists and veterinarians.

Cornell Kennedy, a partner at the firm, will head the group. Kennedy specializes in representing specialty health care providers by counseling them on various transactional matters that arise with running a practice. Some of those services include navigating providers through the process of startups, practice acquisitions, commercial lease review, drafting partnership agreements, employment agreements and negotiating equity buy-ins.

4. US stocks close higher as banks, technology lead broad rally -

A choppy day of trading on Wall Street ended Thursday with stocks broadly higher and another all-time high for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Banks and technology companies led a late-afternoon turnaround that pushed the S&P 500 to a 0.8% gain, reversing the benchmark index's losses for the week. Gains in most Dow companies, including Goldman Sachs, IBM and Cisco Systems, nudged the blue chip index to a new high for the second straight day.

5. Tech companies help lift stocks, push S&P 500 to record high -

Wall Street capped another week of gains with more milestones Friday, as strength in technology and health care stocks helped push the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average to all-time highs.

6. Pietsch returns, named partner at tpmbLAW -

Taylor, Pigue, Marchetti and Blair, PLLC has named Matt Pietsch a partner of the firm.

Pietsch returns to tpmbLaw, where he practiced 2008-2015, following five years in private practice representing individuals and businesses in complex business, real estate and immigration matters. Before joining tpmbLAW, he served as an assistant state attorney in West Palm Beach, Florida, and as an assistant district attorney general in Nashville.

7. Amazon delivers for Children’s Theatre -

Amazon has partnered with the Nashville Children’s Theatre for its 90th anniversary season, allowing the organization to expand its reach and offerings to students across Tennessee.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NCT had to move its shows and classes online for participants. With this transition came additional costs of expanded web platforms and streaming services that were not originally anticipated. Because of Amazon’s new partnership with the 90-year-old organization, the NCT will be able to continue providing streaming opportunities to individual families as well as Nashville’s public school students.

8. Tech leads Wall Street rally, shrugging off election limbo -

Technology and health care companies led a stock market rally Wednesday, as Wall Street embraced the upside of more gridlock in Washington.

The S&P 500 rose 2.2% for its best day in five months. The benchmark index had been up 3.5% before the market lost some of its momentum toward the end of the day. That pullback wiped out more than 450 points from the Dow Jones Industrial Average, though the blue-chip index still closed more than 360 points higher.

9. Dem report: Postal Service changes delay prescription drugs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Delivery of mail-order prescription drugs was delayed significantly this summer after the new postmaster general ordered major changes in U.S. Postal Service operations, according to a report released Wednesday by Senate Democrats.

10. Trump-connected lobbyists reap windfall in COVID-19 boom -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Forty lobbyists with ties to President Donald Trump helped clients secure more than $10 billion in federal coronavirus aid, among them five former administration officials whose work potentially violates Trump's own ethics policy, according to a report.

11. Slight gains send Dow Jones Industrial Average above 29,000 -

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed above 29,000 points for the first time and the S&P 500 index hit its second record high in three days Wednesday.

The milestones came on a day when the market traded in a narrow range as investors weighed the latest batch of corporate earnings reports and the widely anticipated signing of an initial trade deal between the U.S. and China.

12. UnitedHealth finishes the year with strong profits, again -

UnitedHealth Group's net income surged 16% in the fourth quarter, but shares slipped in early trading after it also reported revenue that missed analyst expectations.

The nation's largest insurer said Wednesday that its top line grew 4% to $60.9 billion in the final quarter of 2019.

13. Stocks climb ahead of trade deal, sending S&P 500 to record -

Technology companies led stocks to broad gains on Wall Street Monday, driving the S&P 500 and Nasdaq composite indexes to more record highs.

Financial, communications services and industrial stocks also notched solid gains. Health care stocks were the only decliners. Bond prices fell, sending yields higher, and the price of gold fell, signs that investors were favoring higher-risk holdings.

14. S&P 500 index closes out 10th winning week in the past 11 -

Wall Street capped a mostly quiet week of trading Friday with broad gains for stocks and more record highs for the major indexes.

Technology and health care stocks powered much of the rally. The S&P 500 notched its 10th winning week in the last 11. The benchmark index also finished with a record high for the fourth time this week. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq composite also ended the week at new highs.

15. Modest rally for stocks is mostly gone by the closing bell -

A last-minute burst of selling pulled the major U.S. stock indexes mostly lower Wednesday, ending the market's five-day winning streak.

The S&P 500 index and Dow Jones Industrial Average finished with tiny losses that left them just below their all-time highs set a day earlier. The Nasdaq composite eked out a slight gain, giving it its fifth-straight record high.

16. New York Life to spend $6.3 B on Cigna business -

New York Life will spend more than $6 billion in cash to acquire the group life and disability coverage business of the insurer Cigna.

New York Life said Wednesday that the deal will add millions of customers to its business. Cigna Corp. gets a significant amount of cash that it will use to buy back stock and pare its debt, among other things.

17. Solid company earnings power broad rally for US stocks -

Stocks notched solid gains on Wall Street Tuesday as investors welcomed surprisingly good quarterly results from some of the nation's biggest companies.

Strong earnings from UnitedHealth Group, JPMorgan Chase and other companies helped power the market's broad gains, erasing modest losses from a day earlier.

18. Bradley welcomes Davis as litigation associate -

Judea S. Davis is joining Bradley Arant Boult Cummings as an associate in the Litigation Practice Group.

Previously, Davis clerked for Judge Michelle Childs of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina and Judge Garrison Hill of the South Carolina Court of Appeals. She served as a law fellow and law clerk for the Equal Justice Initiative, researching constitutional and criminal law issues and representing clients before the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles.

19. US stocks fall, bond prices rise as investors turn cautious -

Stocks ended modestly lower and bond prices rose on Wall Street Thursday as investors turned cautious, shifting money into lower-risk holdings.

The selling, which lost some of its momentum toward the end of the day, came as traders weighed the implications of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump and new government data showing slower U.S. economic growth.

20. Nashville attorneys selected for AHLA -

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP has announced two of the firm’s Nashville attorneys, Stephanie M. Hoffmann and Janus Pan have been selected to participate in the American Health Lawyers Association Leadership Development Program.

21. Dow Jones industrials cross 27,000 points for first time -

A turbulent day on Wall Street ended in the record books Thursday as the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbed above 27,000 for the first time and the S&P 500 index hit another all-time high.

The milestones came on a day when the S&P 500 briefly moved above 3,000 for the second straight day before an early rally lost some of its momentum.

22. Wilson County gets Rooms to Go facility -

Rooms To Go will locate its new warehouse and retail outlet store in Wilson County, investing $69 million and creating 200 new jobs.

Founded in 1990, Rooms To Go is one of the nation’s top selling furniture retailers. The company operates 226 stores across 10 states and Puerto Rico and has five retail stores located in Tennessee.

23. Health care companies lead US stocks lower; small-caps slump -

Stocks finished a wobbly day of trading on Wall Street Wednesday with modest losses that erased most of the market's slight gains from a day earlier.

A sharp sell-off in health care companies far outweighed gains in technology and other sectors. Smaller company stocks fell more than the rest of the market.

24. Banks lead US stocks to slight gains amid mixed earnings -

Stocks closed slightly higher on Wall Street Tuesday, erasing the market's modest losses from a day earlier.

The gains, which followed a rally in overseas stock indexes, came as investors sized up the latest batch of company earnings reports.

25. Stocks struggle to a mixed finish after early rally sputters -

The major U.S. stock indexes closed unevenly Thursday after an early rally gave way to a mostly sideways day of trading on Wall Street.

Losses in health care stocks mostly offset gains in industrial companies, banks and elsewhere in the market. Insurers UnitedHealth Group and Anthem led the sector's slide. Technology stocks also fell.

26. Heated debate over high drug costs returns to Capitol Hill -

Patient bills, competition and secrecy shared the spotlight Tuesday as pharmacy benefit managers testified before Congress about prescription drug prices.

Members of a Senate Finance Committee investigating drug costs pushed the benefit managers to explain why they can't do more to control prices and to reveal the details behind the contracts they negotiate. The hearing was the committee's third so far this year focused on the high cost of prescriptions.

27. US stocks give up an early rally, ending winning streak -

U.S. stock indexes closed mostly lower Tuesday after a late-afternoon splash of selling erased early gains, ending a weeklong rally.

Banks accounted for much of the decline, along with utilities and industrial companies. Those losses offset gains in health care, technology and consumer products stocks.

28. Trouble at CVS Health long-term care business weighs heavily -

CVS Health is setting 2019 earnings expectations well below Wall Street forecasts, as the company struggles to fix part of its business while blending in a major acquisition and attempting to change how customers use its stores.

29. Fritch takes over as chair of Predators' board of directors -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Retired health care executive Herb Fritch is taking over as chairman of the Nashville Predators' board of directors.

Fritch replaces Tom Cigarran, who had been in that role since March 2010. Nashville Predators Holdings LLC, the team's ownership group, announced the move Thursday.

30. Health care and banks lead US stocks higher for a third day -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are higher Thursday morning as major indexes extend a rebound into a third day.

Health care companies are rising after insurer Cigna topped Wall Street's expectations in the third quarter and raised its estimates for the rest of the year, while a big gain in AIG is helping send financial stocks higher.

31. Bass, Berry & Sims welcomes 3 attorneys -

Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has hired three attorneys for its Nashville office:

Kevin J. Butler, associate, represents clients in complex litigation, securities and shareholder litigation, health care fraud and abuse matters, contract disputes, business torts and government investigations and related civil and criminal proceedings. He previously was a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Bernice B. Donald with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and for the Hon. John J. Tuchi with the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. He is a graduate of Ohio University and earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School.

32. Stocks surge, recovering some recent losses; Dow climbs 547 -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rocketed to their biggest gain in six months Tuesday following strong earnings from major financial and health care companies as well as encouraging reports on the economy. The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped 547 points.

33. Tech firms lead slide as trade worries weigh on US stocks -

A slide in technology companies helped pull U.S. stocks lower Monday, snapping a five-day winning streak for the market.

The sell-off came amid speculation that the Trump administration was preparing to impose tariffs on another $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. The two governments have already imposed 25 percent tariffs on $50 billion of each other's goods, and another round of tariffs would represent a significant escalation in the trade dispute between the world's two largest economies.

34. Siloam Health expands board of directors -

Siloam Health, a faith-based, charitable health center for the uninsured, especially the immigrant and refugee community, has added four health, community and religious leaders to its board of directors.

35. Modest premium hikes as 'Obamacare' stabilizes -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest premium increases next year, and some will get price cuts. That's the conclusion from an exclusive analysis of the besieged but resilient program, which still sparks deep divisions heading into this year's midterm elections.

36. BlueCross of Tennessee will stop covering OxyContin in 2019 -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's largest health insurer will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions as part of several measures to combat opioid addiction.

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will encourage doctors to recommend two alternative opioid pain relievers, Xtampza and Morphabond, which are designed to be more difficult to abuse. The insurer will cease paying for OxyContin on Jan. 1, vice president for pharmacy Natalie Tate told The Tennessean .

37. Sherrard Roe hires Wood as associate -

Attorney Talley K. Wood has joined Sherrard Roe Voigt & Harbison as an associate, announced founding member Tom Sherrard.

Wood was previously an associate at Bass, Berry & Sims, PLC, in the Corporate & Securities practice. She is a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.

38. US retailers, small companies rally as Turkey fears ease -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks rallied Tuesday as banks, retailers, and smaller companies jumped. That helped the market recover most of its losses from the previous two days.

The Turkish lira steadied as officials from Turkey and the U.S. said the countries are in talks to ease diplomatic tensions, which have resulted in high tariffs on Turkish steel and aluminum. Stocks in emerging markets like Argentina, Russia and Brazil jumped.

39. Banks and technology lead stocks higher for 4th day in a row -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks climbed for the fourth straight day Tuesday as strong earnings continued to pull the market closer to the all-time high it set in late January.

Industrial companies rose Tuesday and banks moved higher as interest rates increased. Gains for Microsoft and Google's parent company Alphabet helped technology companies.

40. Icahn warns Cigna investors on Express Scripts deal -

Carl Icahn is urging Cigna shareholders to reject the health insurer's attempted multi-billion dollar takeover of Express Scripts, saying it's paying too much for a company with a shaky future.

The billionaire and activist investor warned that Express Scripts, a pharmacy benefit manager, could face substantial regulatory risks and intense competition from Amazon. Cigna said in March that it would pay $52 billion for Express Scripts, a deal on which shareholders will vote Aug. 24.

41. Tennessee insurers to cut Affordable Care Act premiums -

CHATTANOOGA (AP) — Tennessee's biggest health insurers are cutting the premiums for individual plans under the Affordable Care Act's health care exchange market for the first time.

Citing filings with state regulators on Wednesday, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reports BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee plans to reduce its average rate by 10.9 percent next year, while Cigna plans to reduce its rates by an average 4.8 percent. The proposed cuts come after four consecutive years of double-digit annual rate hikes and just before two new insurers plan to enter the Tennessee market next year.

42. Stocks slip after Fed says interest rates will rise faster -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slipped Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates and said it expects to increase rates two more times by the end of the year. Investors bet that several huge deals are more likely to happen after a federal court cleared AT&T's $85 billion purchase of Time Warner.

43. Walmart reportedly eyes deal with insurer Humana -

Walmart may be looking to dive deeper into the rapidly evolving health care market by acquiring the insurer Humana, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The newspaper said that the retail giant is in early talks with Humana, a major provider of Medicare Advantage coverage for people age 65 and older. Citing anonymous sources, the Journal said late Thursday that the companies are discussing a number of options, including an acquisition.

44. Health insurer Cigna buying Express Scripts for $52 billion -

Health insurer Cigna is buying the nation's biggest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, the latest in a string of proposed tie-ups as health care's bill payers attempt to get a grip on rising costs.

45. Cigna to spend about $52 billion for Express Scripts -

The insurer Cigna will spend about $52 billion to acquire the nation's biggest pharmacy benefit manager, Express Scripts, the latest in a string of proposed tie-ups as health care's bill payers attempt to get a grip on rising costs.

46. US stocks edge higher; Express Scripts jumps on deal news -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are rising Thursday morning as they continue a recovery that started late the previous day. Technology companies and retailers are making some of the biggest gains. Industrial companies are rising after the White House said President Donald Trump will announce tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that give exemptions to Canada and Mexico. Pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts jumped after health insurer Cigna agreed to buy it.

47. Can 3 business titans cure the US health care system? -

NEW YORK (AP) — Can a legendary investor, the king of on-line retail and a Wall Street financier find a cure for what ails America's health care system?

The trio of Warren Buffett, Jeff Bezos and Jamie Dimon have had enough success in their respective industries that they are at least being given the benefit of the doubt.

48. Business titans face complex system in US health care push -

The leaders of Amazon.com, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan announced the ambitious goal of improving health care coverage all of their employees. They say they are forming a new company that will be "free from profit-making incentives and constraints" and hint its results might be applied on a broader scale. But the campaign is in its early planning stages.

49. Amazon, Buffett and JPMorgan join forces on health care -

Three of corporate America's heaviest hitters — Amazon, Warren Buffett and JPMorgan Chase — sent a shudder through the health industry Tuesday when they announced plans to jointly create a company to provide their employees with high-quality, affordable care.

50. US stocks drop for a second day in a row, led by health care -

U.S. stocks fell sharply in late-afternoon trading Tuesday, placing the market on course for its worst day since August and its first two-day losing streak in more than a month. Health care and technology stocks accounted for much of the decline. Banks, industrial companies and energy stocks also racked up hefty losses. Bond prices fell, sending yields to their highest level since April 2014.

51. State politicians in no hurry to fix health insurance -

We don’t need no stinkin’ special session on Medicaid expansion. That’s pretty much the Republican response to House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh’s call for Gov. Bill Haslam to bring lawmakers back to Nashville after the Graham-Cassidy bill failed in Congress.

52. Tennessee insurance commissioner approves premium requests -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Three companies lined up to sell insurance on the Obamacare exchange in Tennessee in 2018 have had their premium requests approved by the state's insurance commissioner.

The Tennessean reports BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Cigna and Oscar Health each received approval from Julie Mix McPeak, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance.

53. ACA payment uncertainty leading to higher rates -

More than two million people nationwide, including about 234,000 in Tennessee, are enrolled in health insurance through the individual marketplace.

After Republicans failed to pass a bill to repeal Obamacare, which would have thrown some 23 million Americans off health insurance, President Donald Trump threatened to bring down the marketplace by eliminating payments to insurers to cover some seven million lower-income Americans.

54. Single-payer cuts the middle men but at what cost? -

Republicans made “Repeal and Replace” a catchy slogan for the right, but Democrats have one of their own.

Get ready to hear a lot of “Medicare for All,” the new rallying cry of those who think it’s time the United States adopts a single-payer health care system – or something like it.

55. Inova Payroll earns spot on Inc. 5000 again -

Inova Payroll, headquartered in Nashville, has earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list of fast-growing private companies in the U.S.

It is the second consecutive year that Inova, a provider of payroll and human resources services, has made the list, coming in at No. 2,980.

56. XMI hires vice president, managing director of financial operations -

XMI, a provider of business process management services for entrepreneurial, high growth businesses, has added Joshua Farber, MBA, CPA, as vice president and managing director of financial operations.

57. Vanderbilt’s Shah to lead Deptartment of Cardiac Surgery -

Ashish Shah, M.D., director of Heart Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support at Vanderbilt, has been named chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery.

Shah, professor of Cardiac Surgery, succeeds Michael Petracek, M.D., who is stepping down from the post. The appointment became effective July 1.

58. Technology and health care lift stocks to record highs -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks continued to climb Wednesday, led by technology, health care and energy companies. Media companies also rose as stock indexes set record highs.

The technology part of the Standard & Poor's 500 index finally broke the record it set in March 2000, before the dot-com bubble burst. Energy companies rose with the price of oil as U.S. energy stockpiles continued to shrink. Cable network companies Scripps Networks and Discovery Communications jumped after the Wall Street Journal reported that they are in talks to combine.

59. Gibson honored with TJC’s Pro Bono Award -

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Jeff Gibson has been named the Tennessee Justice Center’s 2017 Pro Bono Attorney of the Year.

Last year, Gibson and a colleague at Bass provided pro bono representation to a TJC client who had been denied TennCare coverage for nursing home care. The team won the hearing for the client, and the nursing home reimbursed the client’s wife thousands of dollars.

60. Anthem gives up Cigna bid, vows to fight on over damages -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Anthem has ended its soured, $48 billion bid to buy rival Cigna, but the nation's second-largest health insurer isn't giving up a fight over whether Cigna deserves a termination fee for the scrapped deal.

61. Anthem asks Supreme Court to review blocked Cigna deal -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health insurer Anthem is not ready to give up its $48-billlion bid for rival Cigna and now hopes to find a favorable audience in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer is asking the court to review last week's rejection by a federal appeals court.

62. Appeals court upholds decision to block Anthem bid for Cigna -

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday left in place a decision blocking Anthem Inc.'s bid to buy rival health insurer Cigna Corp, saying that a bigger company is not better for consumers.

63. US stocks fall as weak auto sales trouble investors -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks started the second quarter with a thud Monday after car makers reported disappointing March sales, a possible warning about other types of spending. But a late recovery helped stocks avoid bigger losses.

64. Stocks wobble, finish mixed as GOP pulls plug on health bill -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks flirted with sharp losses but managed a mixed finish after Republicans canceled a vote on their health care bill because it became clear the bill would fail. Investors didn't trade much as they waited for answers about the state of President Donald Trump's business-friendly agenda.

65. Health insurer Aetna to spend $3.3B buying back stock -

Aetna will spend $3.3 billion to buy back more than 20 million shares of its stock after the health insurer's board authorized more repurchases last week.

The nation's third largest insurer said Wednesday that it entered into accelerated buyback agreements with two dealers for about 10.4 million shares from each. Aetna will pay each dealer $1.65 billion and is using available cash to fund the deals.

66. Aetna fattens shareholder payout after Humana deal fails -

Aetna is doubling the quarterly dividend it pays shareholders and buying back stock as it regroups from its failed attempt to acquire rival health insurer Humana.

Aetna Inc. said Friday its board declared a quarterly cash dividend of 50 cents per share and also authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $4 billion worth of the company's stock.

67. Insurer Anthem fires back at Cigna -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health insurers Anthem and Cigna are now trading lawsuits instead of working together to salvage a shaky $48-billion buyout agreement.

The Blue Cross-Blue Shield carrier Anthem said Wednesday that it is seeking a restraining order to block its smaller rival from terminating their deal, which has already been blocked by a federal judge.

68. Aetna, Humana call off $34 billion deal -

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Major health insurers Aetna and Humana called off their $34 billion combination after a federal judge, citing concerns about prices and benefits, rejected the deal.

The announcement Tuesday comes several days after another federal judge shot down a tie-up between two other massive insurers. Blue Cross-Blue Shield carrier Anthem Inc. is attempting to buy Cigna Corp. for $48 billion. Anthem is appealing that decision.

69. Federal judge rejects Aetna's purchase of Humana -

A federal judge has rejected health insurer Aetna's bid to buy rival Humana on grounds that the deal would hurt competition in hundreds of Medicare Advantage markets, ultimately affecting the price consumers pay for coverage.

70. Stocks close higher, helped by health care companies -

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed slightly higher on Tuesday, boosted by health-care companies like UnitedHealth Group, which helped outweigh steep declines in energy companies.

Tiffany jumped after it reported better quarterly results than analysts expected.

71. How a Clinton win might affect Tennessee -

A Hillary Clinton presidency is likely to maintain many of the key policies of President Barack Obama, continuing the clear split between Republicans and Democrats over policies nationally and in Tennessee.

72. BlueCross BlueShield bombshell leaves insurance seekers in bind -

Nashville resident Jennifer Murray is caught in the snare of uncertainty looming over Tennessee health insurance coverage. Self-employed as a health care consultant, the single 48-year-old bought individual coverage through BlueCross BlueShield Tennessee’s marketplace plans each year since the Affordable Care Act took effect in 2014. The company offered the widest range of physicians, and its insurance was accepted in most places.

73. US stocks close higher as investors buy big dividend payers -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks finished slightly higher on Wednesday as investors picked stocks that pay big dividends, like real estate and phone companies. Energy companies fell with the price of oil and health care stocks continued to slide.

74. Rising premiums, Insure Tennessee tie vexes legislators -

State Rep. Ron Travis is perplexed. On one hand, the Republican from Dayton is concerned with escalating premiums for Tennesseans participating in the insurance marketplace, worried costs are increasing to the point people simply can’t afford health insurance.

75. Tennessee approves health insurance rate hikes -

NASHVILLE (AP) - Tennessee officials have approved rate increases requested by health insurers offering exchange plans under the Affordable Care Act.

Local news organizations report that rates are expected to increase next year by an average of 62 percent for BlueShield of Tennessee, 46 percent for Cigna and 44.3 percent for Humana.

76. Insurer Aetna slashes ACA exchange participation to 4 states -

Aetna has become the latest health insurer to retreat from the Affordable Care Act's public exchanges by announcing a pullback that will further deplete customer choices in many pockets of the country.

77. Health insurer Aetna backs off ACA expansion plans -

Aetna became the latest health insurer to cast doubt upon its future in the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges after it called off a planned expansion Tuesday and suggested it could abandon that market completely.

78. Legal Aid Society picks new president, board -

Robert “Bob” J. Martineau Jr., commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, has been selected as president of the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands.

79. Feds say health mergers would increase costs, threaten care -

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — The U.S. government is suing to stop two major health insurance mergers, a move regulators say is needed to protect Americans from potential cost hikes and lower quality care.

80. Tennessee joins federal lawsuit to block health care merger -

NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is joining a federal lawsuit to stop the merger of major health insurance companies.

State Attorney General Herbert Slatery says in a release Thursday that the move by Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem to acquire Cigna would reduce competition in Tennessee and could affect benefits, premiums and care.

81. Feds sue stop health insurer combos, see threat to consumer -

Federal regulators are suing to stop two major health insurance mergers because they say the deals will increase health care costs for Americans and lower the quality of care they get.

The Department of Justice said Thursday that the combinations of Aetna and Humana and Anthem and Cigna would hurt competition that restrains the price of coverage and lead to reduced benefits, among other drawbacks.

82. Anthem voices optimism on ACA exchange growth prospects -

Health insurer Anthem aims to pull a small profit this year from the Affordable Care Act's public insurance exchanges, and its CEO said Wednesday he's "really glad" to be serving nearly 1 million people in this still-developing market.

83. Moore named Nashville Bar fellow -

Margaret Moore, member at Wiseman Ashworth Law Group, has been named a fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation. Fellows are selected by their colleagues in honor of significant contributions to the community.

84. Dodging a disaster with Volkswagen? -

Next month will mark five years since the first Passat rolled off the assembly line at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant. Most anniversaries are a cause for celebration.

But as Chattanoogans blow out the candles on this particular milestone they’ll be hoping that Volkswagen’s diesel emissions troubles will soon be extinguished, too, and that the new SUV model they’ll start producing this year will help VW emerge from the crisis a better and stronger company than before.

85. How to spend $5 trillion: A record-breaking year in deals -

NEW YORK (AP) — Companies around the world spent a record $5.04 trillion on acquisitions in 2015, according to Dealogic, as slow worldwide economic growth and low interest rates pushed companies to combine forces.

86. Big deal momentum may carry into 2016 for health care -

With $2 trillion in buyouts since January, 2015 has become the year of the megadeal, fueled by free money in a zero-interest rate environment.

But with the Fed appearing increasingly keen on hiking rates, that party may be coming to an end.

87. Virtual doctor visits offer convenience, lower costs -

WASHINGTON (AP) — When you're coming down with a cold, there are a few items you typically reach for to start feeling better: cough drops, herbal tea, maybe an over-the-counter medication.

For most of us, though, a smartphone wouldn't top that list. But that may change as health care companies increasingly steer customers toward streaming video apps that connect patients with doctors online.

88. Clinton questions plans for health insurers to merge -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Wednesday that two major health insurers preparing multibillion dollar acquisitions could tip "the balance of power" too far away from consumers.

The Democratic presidential candidate said in a statement she had "serious concerns" with the proposed acquisition of Cigna by Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer Anthem, and plans by Aetna to acquire Medicare Advantage coverage provider Humana.

89. Why are Tennessee’s ACA rate hikes among nation’s largest? -

Can you imagine your car payment going up by 44 percent next year? Or that the cost of your cable was going up another 36 percent per month?

That’s what it will feel like for hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans in 2016 as the nation gets ready for its third year of the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare, which provides health care insurance to more than 231,440 people in the state who couldn’t otherwise obtain insurance.

90. CEOs of Aetna, Anthem make case for health insurance mergers -

WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of two major health insurers planning multibillion dollar acquisitions made their case to Congress that bigger can mean better in their industry, but concerns are being raised in Washington about how these deals will affect consumers and competition.

91. Stites & Harbison taps Taylor to lead new entertainment group -

Stites & Harbison, PLLC has announced the launch of a new entertainment law practice with the addition of member Stephanie R. Taylor to its Nashville office. Taylor will lead the team with help from current Stites & Harbison attorney Jeremy Brook.

92. Mega-health deals bloom in July, Anthem bids $48B for Cigna -

NEW YORK (AP) — Anthem is buying rival Cigna for $48 billion in a deal that would create the nation's largest health insurer by enrollment, covering about 53 million U.S patients.

In just three weeks, starting with Aetna's $35 billion bid for Humana Inc. on July 3, the landscape of U.S. health care has been altered in a buyout frenzy that could transform five massive U.S. health companies into just three, including UnitedHealth Group.

93. US stocks sink; S&P 500 index notches another losing week -

The U.S. stock market capped a four-day losing streak with its biggest drop of the week.

Disappointing quarterly results and outlooks from several companies pulled the major stock indexes sharply lower on Friday. New signs pointing to a slowing of China's economy also added to investor jitters, bringing down the price of oil and other commodities.

94. Centene plans $6.3B acquisition of fellow insurer Health Net -

Medicaid coverage provider Centene will pay about $6.3 billion to buy fellow insurer Health Net, as managed-care companies look to bulk up while adjusting to the federal health care overhaul.

The deal announced Thursday morning gives St. Lous-based Centene a chance to grow in two hot areas for health insurers, the state- and federally funded Medicaid program for the poor and people with disabilities, and the federally funded Medicare Advantage program, which has seen its overall enrollment triple over the past decade.

95. Anthem reaffirms commitment to its $47-billion bid for Cigna -

Anthem sees its more than $47 billion bid to buy rival Cigna as a way to muscle up on technology that helps consumers and to strengthen its rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business.

Leaders of the Blue Cross-Blue Shield insurer reaffirmed on Monday their commitment to getting a deal done a day after Cigna shot down the idea in a letter delivered to Anthem's board.

96. Health insurer Cigna rejects Anthem takeover bid -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Health insurer Cigna Corp. has rejected a $47 billion offer to be acquired by its larger rival, Anthem Inc., saying the terms of the bid are inadequate and "woefully skewed in favor of Anthem shareholders."

97. US stocks climb on Greek optimism, more deal news -

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing higher on optimism that there will be a breakthrough in bailout talks between Greece and its lenders this week.

Stocks also got a boost from deal news in the health care and energy sectors.

98. Howard appointed dean of Belmont’s Curb College -

Belmont University has appointed Doug Howard, founder of Vandermont Music Group and former senior vice president of A&R for Lyric Street Records/Walt Disney Company, to the position of dean for the Mike Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business.

99. Bovender inducted into Business Hall of Fame -

More than 400 business leaders gathered at Loews Vanderbilt Hotel last week to induct Jack Bovender, Jr., retired Chairman of HCA., into the Phoenix Club Nashville Business Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame recognizes the city’s outstanding contributors to business and philanthropy and benefits Junior Achievement of Middle Tennessee students.

100. Wal-Mart plans 1-stop health coverage shopping -

NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance.

The world's largest retailer plans to work with DirectHealth.com, an online health insurance comparison site and agency, to allow shoppers to compare coverage options and enroll in Medicare plans or the public exchange plans created under the Affordable Care Act.