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Posted inMethodist Hospital and Debt Collection

Methodist Le Bonheur almost never gave discounts to poor patients during collections, documents show

Since 2014, Memphis’ largest health care system, collected just over $169 million from more than 977,000 patients with bills at least 30 days past due, but only 1% of those received financial assistance during the collections process, the hospital reported in a lengthy response to a query from Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee.

Posted inHousing

After promising Memphis focus, state is ending its rental assistance program

When Memphis and Shelby County stopped accepting applications for their Emergency Rental Assistance program at August’s end, there was a silver lining for local renters. The State of Tennessee was administering a rent and utility assistance program backed by the same federal funds, and it still had hundreds of millions of dollars that didn’t expire […]

Posted inReproductive Health

‘We Need to Defend This Law’: Inside an anti-abortion meeting with Tennessee’s GOP lawmakers

ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. When state Sen. Richard Briggs voted “yes” on Tennessee’s total abortion ban, he never thought it would actually go into effect. It was 2019, and Roe v. Wade was the law of […]

Posted inEnvironmental Justice

Velsicol closed its chemical plant 10 years ago; Memphis still endures its toxic legacy

This story has been republished with permission from Tennessee Lookout. Read the original story here. In North Memphis, milk crates and cardboard boxes sit under a pecan tree that doesn’t bear fruit anymore. Kathy Yancey-Temple is building raised beds for a community garden on her street. On a sunny autumn morning, she spends her time buying […]

Posted inNo Shelter

Look in his eyes. He’s human, too

NO SHELTER is a regular series from MLK50 housing reporter Jacob Steimer, interviewing Memphians who are unhoused. Although the numbers are difficult to track, the Community Alliance for the Homeless estimates that on a given night in 2021, about 200 people were unsheltered in Memphis/Shelby County. The regular Q&As will introduce readers to neighbors they […]

Posted inFrom the editor

Keep pushing

At MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, we believe deeply in the power of the press. We know that we can question leadership, expose their misdoings, shame their actions.  But we also know that the words we write go further and hit harder when they get activated by —and activate — the community. Hopefully, you’ve been following […]