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Details of medical debt panel and discussion

Medical Debt in Tennessee: Causes, Effects, and State-Based Solutions

October 29, 2019 at 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Medical debt is in many ways a unique barrier to economic mobility. Unlike a car or home loan, it often results from unexpected emergencies or surprise bills for scheduled care.

It’s also surprisingly common across demographic and socioeconomic lines. In 2016, medical debt hurt the credit reports of 1 in 4 Tennesseans – the 10th highest rate in the county.

There is no silver bullet solution, but Tennessee policymakers have a wide range of options to prevent the problem, help people manage it, and mitigate its effects.

On October 29th, join Sycamore and our expert panelists in a meaningful dialogue about what state policymakers can do to address medical debt in Tennessee.

Expert Panel

  • Joanna Smith-Ramani, The Aspen Institute
  • Judge Alex McVeagh, Hamilton County General Sessions Court
  • Dr. Joseph Webb, Nashville General Hospital at Meharry
  • Mandy Pellegrin, The Sycamore Institute


5:30pm – Meet and greet with panelists and Sycamore staff
5:45pm – Presentation, panel, and Q&A


Massey Board Room
4th Floor, Massey Business Center
Belmont University

Free Parking

Parking is available in the North garage under Belmont’s Inman Center. Once inside the garage:
•  Take INMAN elevator to 2nd floor (Note: Do not use the MCWHORTER elevators.)
•  On the 2nd floor, turn to your left and exit to the cross walk leading to the Massey Business Center.
•  Enter the Massey Business Center, follow the hallway around to the right and find the elevator on the right.
•  Take elevator to Massey level 4 and exit left.
•  Massey Board Room is on the left.

Accessing the Garage from I-440:
•  Take Exit 3 to 21st Ave South/ Hillsboro Pike and stay on 21st Ave.
•  Continue north on 21st Ave until the light at Blair.
•  Turn right on Blair and continue straight until the stop sign at the intersection of Belmont Blvd.
•  Turn left onto Belmont Blvd and take the first right turn onto Delmar Ave.
•  Continue on Delmar and turn left at the stop sign onto 15th Ave South.
•  Continue straight through the stop sign on 15th until you reach the round about.
•  Take the third exit on the round about.
•  At the next round about, the garage entrance is located on the first exit.
•  Turn left at the stop sign into the Inman/McWhorter parking garage.

Accessing the Garage from I-65:
•  Take exit 81 onto Wedgewood Ave.
•  If coming from 65 South, you will turn right onto Wedgewood Ave. If coming from 65 North, you will turn left onto Wedgewood Ave.
•  Continue straight on Wedgewood until you reach the traffic light at 15th Ave South.
•  Turn left onto 15th Ave south.
•  Take the first exit in the roundabout.
•  At the next round about, the garage entrance is located on the first exit.
•  Turn left at the stop sign into the Inman/McWhorter parking garage.


October 29, 2019
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm