Grassroots Advocacy

Tennessee Voices Louder.

Join RHAT at the following events to express your concerns in the changes to rural healthcare in the coming year.

2017 RHAT Hill Day

The date for the Rural Health Association of TN's Day on the Hill has been set for February 28, 2017. This year it will be more important than ever that everyone participate in this event and make the voice for Tennessee's access to healthcare in rural areas heard not only across the state but all the way to Washington, D.C.!

Please make your plans to attend now! RSVP to or call 1-615-907-9707

Possible Hotels:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel                                                                               Sheraton Nashville Downtown Hotel
Address: 315 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219                                                 623 Union St, Nashville, TN 37219
Phone:(615) 244-8200                                                                                          (615) 259-2000 

The Capitol Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Address: 711 Union St, Nashville, TN 37219
Phone:(615) 242-4311

2017 NRHA Policy Institute

Rural Health Policy Institute
Feb 7-9, 2017 Washington, D.C.
Join NRHA for the largest rural advocacy event in the country and arguably the most important Policy Institute to date. Learn firsthand about the development and implementation of health care policy at the federal level and meet with your members. And arrive early for the Accountable Care Policy Summit or Advocacy 101 workshop.


Read our statement of support here.  

RHAT is a member of the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee. Read our letter to Governor Haslam.


FirstNet is building a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.

Read our statement of support here.

FirstNet EMS Update     Ten Reasons YOU Need to be Engaged with FirstNet

Past Events

2016 Hill Day

RHAT Hill Day 2016, February 9, was a success despite the inclement weather on Capitol Hill. Many representatives, senators and staffers came out to enjoy the Hill Day breakfast sponsored by the Rural Health Association of Tennessee. This event gave members of RHAT a chance to present our 2016 legislative priorities and promote better healthcare for all Tennesseans. While on Capitol Hill RHAT Executive Director, Sandy Hayes, new board member, Mike Leventhal and lobbyist, Bill Dobbins presented the 2015 RHAT Legislator of the year award to Rep. Steve McDaniel and thanked him for his continuing support of the rural health of Tennesseans.


Pictured (L) to (R) : Bill Dobbins, Rep. Steve McDaniel, Sandy Hayes & Mike Leventhal



Sen. Richard Briggs, MD was one of the many attendees during the Hill Day breakfast. He is seen here with Bill Dobbins discussing the motorcycle helmet bill and many other health related bills on notice for this legislative session.

Click below for more information:

RHAT 2016 Legislative Principles and Priorities

RHAT 2016 Motorcycle Helmet Position Statement



Hill Day




Legislative Successes

  • Successfully sponsored and passed the first Telehealth Bill in Tennessee
  • Successfully defeated attempts to weaken the Motorcycle Helmet laws
  • Successfully supported limits on the purchase of pseudoephedrine
  • Successfully supported the Hospital Assessment Fee


Hill Day

RHAT Hill Day was March 4, 2014 at the Cafeteria at Legislative Plaza, 7:30 to 8:30 am. 



 Pictured (L) to (R): Nathalie Preptit, Susan Veale, Lauren Shuler, Joellen Edwards - President 




RHAT 2014 Legislative Priorities 

RHAT Telehealth Bill is signed by the Governor. Here is the Public Chapter. 

Read RHAT's letter regarding proposed telemedicine rules. 

"RHAT’s legislative agenda had a very successful year. When you review the legislative priorities listed in our Legislative Priorities document above and distributed at RHAT’s Day on the Hill event, every priority RHAT advocated succeeded, except for the implementation of the Tennessee Plan."



Legislative Issues for 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion
  • Motorcycle helmets for all riders
  • Hospital Assessment Fee
  • Mid-level provider prescribing privileges

Medicaid Expansion

Read RHAT's letter to the Governor on the Tennessee Plan.

Read RHAT's letter to the Governor about Medicaid Expansion.
        Here is the list of hospitals possibly affected.
        Poll Results: Most Tennesseans support Medicaid expansion


Read RHAT's letter to Federal Legislators re Medicare Dependent and Low Volume Hospitals.

Read RHAT's comment to CMS Proposed Rule Change for Repetitive PCS Forms.

Read letter that RHAT signed on to House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee on expired Medicare Dependent Hospital- and Low Volume Hospital- designations. 

Read letter supporting TN Action Network to implement IOM's Future of Nursing report recommendations.

Read S.26 Resolution in Congress supportive of Rural Hospitals and Rural Physicians, needs our Senators' sign-on.

Read letter of support for Qsource.


Motorcycle Helmets

Here are RHAT statements in support of retaining helmet use.

Here is a fact sheet.

The CDC says:

  • The single most effective way for states to save lives and money is a universal helmet law.
  • Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and head injury by 69%
  • The United States saved $3 billion due to helmet use in 2010
  • The United States could have saved an additional $1.4 billion in 2010 if all motorcyclists had worn helmets
    Read the full document here, as it relates to Tennessee.

 Aging bikers three times more likely to be injured.


Mid-Level Prescribing of Controlled Substances

Read RHAT's Talking Points in opposition to restricting controlled substance prescribing privileges of Mid-Levels



Legislative Updates 2013

This past week the repeal of the Motorcycle Helmet law (SB548/HB44) made it out of the House Transportation Committee (10-7) and the Senate Transportation Committee (6-3).  In the Senate, there was a spirited discussion of the fiscal impacts of the bill, particularly since an updated fiscal note had not been completed since the bill had been amended in the House. A motion to postpone the bill for a week failed on a 5-4 vote.  Senators Becky Massey (R) Knoxville, Janice Bowling (R) Tullahoma, Stacey Campfield (R) Knoxville, and Ophelia Ford (D) of Memphis are to be thanked for their efforts to gather additional information on this important health related bill before it was to be considered for a vote.  The bill now goes to the Senate Finance Committee and the House Finance Subcommittee.  The bill will not move until the committee members received an updated Fiscal Note on this bill.


Next week the Senate General Welfare Committee and the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will debate SB976/HB1211.  This bill will limit Nurse Practitioners, Advance Practice Nurses, and Physician Assistants ability to prescribe Schedule II, III & IV drugs.  Please contact the sponsors, Senator Randy McNally and Representative David Shepard, and express your concerns about this bill.


Next week the Senate Commerce & Insurance Committee and House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee will debate SB484/HB923.  This bill requires health insurance coverage to include reimbursement of providers for telemedicine services.  Senator Ophelia Ford (D) Memphis and Representative Brenda Gilmore (D) Nashville are the bill’s sponsors.  Please contact members on these committees and express your support for this important health care related bill.


Last week the House Insurance and Banking Committee heard testimony on the Medicaid Expansion issue.  Representatives from two Washington think tanks, the Cato Institute and the Galen Institute, provided testimony against Medicaid Expansion.  They focused primarily on macroeconomic, Washington-centric talking points.  Dr. Wright Pinson represented Vanderbilt University Hospital.  Dr. Pinson showed a PowerPoint presentation that outlined the economic and social impacts to local communities and the State of Tennessee if Medicaid were expanded.   The next day, the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee debated SB804/HB937 that would block Medicaid Expansion.  The Committee postponed the bill until next Tuesday. The House Insurance and Banking Subcommittee will debate SB804/HB937 and SB290/HB604 (advocating Medicaid Expansion) next Wednesday afternoon.  It continues to be important that RHAT and its members talk with their legislators about the importance of expanding Medicaid to those who desperately need these health care services, especially in rural Tennessee.  These next two weeks are very important.  Please contact our legislators and urge them to support Governor Haslam and Medicaid Expansion.

- Bill Dobbins, March 15, 2013




-Bill Dobbins, March 8, 2013

This past week, the House Transportation Subcommittee approved SB548/HB44 that allows adults to ride motorcycles without helmets. The bill now moves to the full House Transportation Committee next Tuesday at 1:30 pm. We have a pretty good chance of defeating this bill in this committee. It is very important that our RHAT membership reaches out and contacts these committee members this weekend and let them know to vote “NO” on this bill. Vince Dean, Chair,   Mike Sparks, Vice-Chair, David Alexander, Joe Armstrong, Karen Camper, Dale Carr, Barbara Cooper, Bill Dunn, Tilman Goins, Kelly Keisling, Mary Littleton, Jimmy Matlock, Bo Mitchell, Dennis Roach, Courtney Rogers, Bill Sanderson, Terry Lynn Weaver, John Mark Windle

Rural Health Day on the Hill was quite a success. It is very important for our members to follow-up with their legislators within the next couple of weeks regarding their meetings and their commitments. The follow-up is an important part of a successful legislative effort. We had very good and productive meetings with House Speaker Beth Harwell, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey and Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey. It appears Governor Haslam will be making a decision on Medicaid Expansion before the end of the month. Many legislators who had previously expressed opposition to the expansion are now cautiously embracing the idea. With the opportunity to expand health services to an additional 200,000 Tennesseans, it is important that RHAT and its members continue to talk with their legislators about the importance of expanding Medicaid to those who desperately need these health care services. These next three weeks are very important. Please contact our legislators and urge them to support Governor Haslam.
There will be a hearing on Medicaid Expansion next Tuesday at the House Insurance and Banking Committee. The meeting will be at 8:30 am in LP16. Representatives from the Tennessee Hospital Association and the Cato Institute, a Washington based conservative think tank, will present testimony.



-Bill Dobbins, February 2, 2013

The Governor presented his State of the State speech last Monday, which provided in opening for his 2013/2014 budget.  The good news is that the Tennessee economy appears to have turned the corner and is improving.  Growth in the state’s revenues is estimated to be just under 4%.  The governor had several improvements and program expansions in his budget.  The bad news is that there is still a lot of demand on a budget that is not adequate to meet those demands.  There are proposed cuts to various programs throughout the different departments.   Tax reductions include sales tax on food (from 5¼% to 5%) and continued phasing out the Hall Income Tax.


The governor directly addressed the General Assembly about the Medicaid Expansion issue.  He admonished the members for approaching this decision strictly as a political one.  He expressed concern about the fiscal health of Tennessee’s hospitals, especially those in the rural areas.  He continues to research this issue and plans to make a decision later this spring or summer.  However, legislation has been filed to block the expansion.  This legislation will not be moving any time soon.


The General Assembly appears to be committed to trying to adjourn by April 19th.  The House Finance Committee begins its departmental budget hearings this week.  The Senate Finance Committee has not established a schedule for their budget hearings yet.


Gun legislation will take a lot of time this year with the Guns in Parking Lot issue, proposed additional protection for schools and pre-emptive language to deflect any potential federal legislation.


Bill filing deadline for the Senate was Thursday, January 31st.   Each senator may file up to 9 additional bills by February 14th.  The House has until February 14th to file their bills.  However, each House member is limited to 15 bills, unless the House member is carrying a bill on behalf of the Governor as part of his legislative package.  Legislative bills will continue to be loading into the legislative system for the next three weeks.


-Bill Dobbins, January 15, 2013
The 108th Tennessee General Assembly opened on January 8, 2013.   Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) was re-elected Speaker of the House.  Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) was re-elected Speaker of the Senate.  The Republican Party is in firm control of the General Assembly with supermajorities in both the House (70 Republicans-28 Democrats-1 Independent) and the Senate (26 Republicans-7 Democrats).   There are 22 new House members and 8 new Senate members.


The House made two significant decisions.  First, they decided on a 15-bill limit on the number of bills a House member could file each year.  Certain exclusions include filing bills on behalf of the governor.  The governor would be limited to a maximum 75 bills his administration could file.   The deadline for filing bills in the House has been tentatively set for February 14th, but could be moved up to February 7th.    The Deadline for filing bills in the Senate was set for January 31st, with the 9 bill late filing deadline to be February 14th.


The second significant decision was the reorganization of many House Committees and Sub-committees.  Some of the changes include the combination of Agriculture and Environment committees, splitting the Judiciary Committee into two separate committees, Criminal Justice and Civil Justice, and splitting State and Local Government Committee into two committees, State Government and Local Government.  The only significant committee change in the Senate was the transfer of the Agriculture responsibilities from the Commerce Committee to the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The legislature is in recess until January 28th so the members can move into their new offices.


The Governor will deliver his State of the State speech on Monday night, January 28th.  He will release his proposed budget for 2013/2014 at that time.


Both Speakers are committed to conducting the legislature’s business as fast as possible with the goal of adjourning April 19th. The Senate plans to begin closing its committees the last week in March.


In summary, bills will be moving very quickly through the legislative process.  All responses and calls for action on a particular piece of legislation must be clear and quick.


Bills of Interest

House Committees and Contact Info

Senate Committees and Contact Info


RHAT Hill Day 2012

"Thank you so much for allowing me to come to the breakfast this morning. Everyone was so welcoming and enthusiastic on engaging in conversations about the health care needs of our rural population."

Read our priorities for 2012. 


Photos from the event

Seated (L) to (R): Eddie Graham, Carol Bailey, Leslie Brasfield, Cindi Thomas; Lloyd Carden standing



(L to R) Jill Beason, Brenda Avery, Betti Wilson, Sandy Hayes


(L) to (R): Jill Beason, Bill Jolley, Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver

Current State Advocacy Concerns


Legislative Update - March 12, 2012

The Hospital Assessment Fee bill (SB2766/HB3446) is scheduled for the House Floor this Monday.  It has already passed in the Senate.

Several of the drug related bills (doctor shopping/meth labs/designer drugs) are being sorted out.  Decisions have been made regarding what specific bills will go forward and which ones will not.  The governor's bill, the Tennessee Prescription Safety Act, (SB2253/HB2391) will be in the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Health Subcommittee this week.

It appears Representative Shipley's designer drug bill (SB2172/HB2218) will be passed

The House and Senate Leadership has required that any bills that legislators want to be considered should be calendared for their respective committees by next week.  They are really working at trying to adjourn by the end of April. 

TennCare will have its budget hearing this Monday, March 12th at 2:00 pm in LP 16.  The House Finance will finish its last budget hearings (Department of Education) on Tuesday, March 13th.  The deadline for filing amendments to the governor's appropriation bill is March 22nd.  The State Funding Board is scheduled to meet later this month to establish a percentage of tax growth for the next fiscal year.  Once that tax growth has been decided, the governor will submit an amendment to his budget to the general assembly sometime in early April.
Representative Jimmy Naifeh (D) of Covington and Senator Mike Faulk (R) of Church Hill announced this week that they will not seek reelection this fall.  So far, four Democratic House members and four Democratic Senate members have announced they will not run for reelection. 
Click here for the list of bills.


Legislative Update - March 2, 2012

1) The Motorcycle Helmet repeal bill (SB2541/HB2661) was taken off notice this week.  The sponsor knew he did not have the votes.  There is still another bill filed (SB2540/HB2662) that will do the same thing.  We will continue to watch that bill.  The following members of the HouseTransportation Subcommittee should be thanked for their unwavering support against this bill:  Representative Barbara Cooper, Representative Dale Ford, Representative Bill Harmon, Representative Mike McDonald, Representative Tony Shipley, and Representative Mike Stewart.

2) The Hospital Assessment Fee bill (SB2766/HB3446) was approved by the Senate this past week.  It is scheduled in the House Finance Committee this week.

3) The Board of Nursing Sunset bill (SB2313/HB2516) will be on the House floor on Thursday.  The bill reconstitutes the board by appointing one member by congressional district and one member each appointed by the Speaker of the House and the Speaker of the Senate for a total board number of 11.  The Nursing Association supports this bill.

4) Several bills that address doctor shopping for prescription medication (SB2419/HB2573, SB2414/HB2574), meth precursors (SB2235/HB2373), sale of synthetic drugs (SB2172/HB2218, SB2507/HB2645) are all progressing through committees.  The big push is to attack the drug problem through the wallet of the owners of the convenient stores.

6) The Tennessee Prescription Safety Act (SB2253/HB2391) is the governor's bill.  This bill will help establish a framework for the Interstate Prescription Drug Task Force.  This is an initiative of Governor Haslam.  I told his staff that RHAT be very interested in becoming a partner in this task force.  The governor's plan is to pass this legislation and then start creating the partnerships within the state and with the other surrounding states.  

The leadership in the general assembly has announced that all bills should be put on notice for hearing no later than this week. The deadline for filing any amendments to the governor's appropriation bill is March 22nd.  Both of these announcements indicate how serious the speakers are about trying to adjourn by the end of April.
Click here for the bill summary.



Legislative Update-February 10, 2012

1) One of the motorcycle helmet bills is scheduled for the House Transportation Subcommittee (SB2541 by Bell/HB2661 by Matheny). Our grassroots advocate, Bill Dobbins, has been working with several organizations to get this bill defeated. At this time we believe we have enough votes in the subcommittee to defeat it. We sent out an alert to those members in the House Transportation Subcommittee's counties to ask their legislators to vote NO.
1) Next Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 12:30 pm (Central) the House Health Committee will continue a hearing they held last week regarding the State developing its Health Insurance Exchange (HIE). The HIE is the central part of the Affordable Care Act. Every state is to notify the Secretary of Health and Human Services of its plans to run its own HIE. If a state chooses not to run its own HIE, the federal government will create an HIE and manage it on behalf of the state. 
3) This year's Hospital Assessment Fee (SB2766 by Overbey/HB3446 by Harrison) will be heard in the House Health subcommittee and the Senate Health Committee. Passage of this bill is essential for the health care portion of the state's budget. Revenue from this bill will exceed $1.2 billion dollars.
4) Budget hearing have started. This past week the legislative committees heard from the Department of Children Services and the Department of Mental Health. 
Click here for the bill summary.


Legislative Update-January 27, 2012

Bills have been filed that fall into the areas of concerns for RHAT's legislative initiatives this year. Below are some particular areas of interest:

{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}  {C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}SB2172(Beavers)/HB2218(Shipley) was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee this past week. This bill would ban the possession and sale of "analogue" drugs that are sold primarily in small convenience markets as bath salts or plant food.  This bill is unique in that it identifies the chemical properties of the analogue drugs rather than identify the specific chemical compound.  It has a fiscal note (cost) with it.  It will be reviewed during the budget negotiations. 


{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}  {C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}Several bills to ban Motorcycle helmets have been filed by Senator Bell and Representative Matheny.  The motorcyclists have been working very hard to gather support for this issue.  It will be important to let our legislators know why RHAT is against any helmet law repeal.  

{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}  {C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}Here is a report by the Comptroller's office on their assessment of Coordinated School Health.  The report details very positive results of the Coordinated School Health program. 

{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}  {C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}Here is a report that shows the Food Deserts in rural Tennessee.  As you will see, these food deserts are widespread, but particularly bad in rural West Tennessee.  Senator Andy Berke and Representative Craig Fitzhugh have a bill from last year (SB1176/HB1385) that provides economic incentives to companies to build grocery stores in designated food desert areas of the state.  This bill is currently in limbo.

{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}  Governor Haslam presents his State of the State speech this Monday, January 30th at 6:00 pm Central.  It will be carried live in Nashville but you can follow it on the Legislative Website (  We have heard a lot of positive talk for several legislators, but nothing specific.  Monday night we will know then if Coordinated School Health will be properly funded.

{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}{C}  Bill filing deadline for the Senate was Thursday, January 26th and the House is February 1st.   It will take another week for all of the bills to be processed into the tracking system.


Last week, Dr. Randy Wykoff of ETSU College of Public Health spoke to the Senate Health Committee.  He referenced the task force Dr. Jack Lacey is directing and its impending report.  The report outlines the "3 Stars" that are important to all Tennesseans:  1.) Education; 2.) Economic Development; 3.) Access to Health Care. More information will be forthcoming.

 Here is a summary of bills of interest.






January 4, 2012: At this early juncture, we anticipate budget issues to be of prime focus this year. 


Read our Letters of Support

Future of Nursing

West TN AHEC Community Health Worker

TN Primary Care Association Community Health Worker Grant





Despite a very difficult economy and some early proposed budget cuts, the Coordinated School Health program was funded in the governor’s budget.  However, it is funded as a one-time expenditure.  This funding will have to be renewed in next year’s budget.

In the TennCare budget, Governor Haslam included $3.5 million dollars for smoking cessation products.  This will be matched with $6.8 million in additional Medicaid funds.  This was not in the governor’s original budget.  

The Hospital Fee was enacted.  This 4.5% fee on for-profit hospitals’ net income will create over $800 million dollars for funding health care services.  Some of these services include:  no limits on hospital stays; no limits on physician visits; no limits on physician outpatient visits; graduate medical education and restoration of transportation services; and many more services.

An additional $82 million dollars is expected to be refunded to TennCare from the Social Security Administration for overpayments made by Tennessee.  These funds will provide additional services similar to the Hospital Fee funding but on a smaller scale.

The Perinatal Grant funds  ($2.2 million) were restored in the TennCare budget.  This restoration occurred the last week of the session.

All of the Legislative Oversight Committees were abolished.  This includes the Select Committee on Children and Youth and the TennCare Oversight Committee.  Although several attempts were made to amend this bill to maintain this committees all attempts were defeated. 

The Board of Nursing was continued to June 2016, with a reduced number of board members and a reduction in the number of years each board member can serve on the board.

SJR58 encourages the departments of Mental Health and Health to develop a model of integrated health to be expanded in Tennessee.

The Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth was extended to June 2016.


Legislative Focus for 2011

Read our Letter supporting West TN Area Health Education Center grant application.

Read our Letter on Physician Assistant Reimbursement

Read our letter supporting TN Primary Care Association grant application

Telemedicine Resolution is signed by Governor on May 13, 2011


RHAT Visits Legislators as part of National Rural Health Association Policy Institute, January 24-26, 2011

L to R: Senator Lamar Alexander, Susan Veale, Cindy Siler, and Senator Bob Corker

Click here to read our message to our federal legislators


Click here to read our Legislative Focus for 2010

Click here to read our final Legislative Bill Watch for 2010.

Read TennCare's report to the TennCare Oversight Committee, April 19, 2010.


Write your Legislators by inputting your zip code in the boxes to the right

National Rural Health Association Works to Renew Rural Medicare Programs. Read the letter.

RHAT Goes to Washington, DC
Several RHAT members attended the National Rural Health Association Policy Institute in January 2010 to speak to our federal legislators on national issues effecting rural areas.

Click here to read our message to our federal legislators.

Photo: (L to R) Bill Moats, Charles Wilkens MD, Ira Chilton, Senator Lamar Alexander, 
Susan Veale, Nancy Chilton, Elsie Crawford, Betti Wilson-RHAT President, 
Senator Bob Corker

Advocacy concerns for 2009 included
Coordinated School Health

RHAT Supports Coordinated School Health

Coordinated School Health Presentation to the Senate Education Committee, March 3, 2009
RHAT writes letter for Coordinated School Health

Menu Labeling and Nutrition
Fact Sheet on Menu Labeling

RHAT supports healthy food in schools
RHAT Supports TN Menu Labeling initiative

Community Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics
RHAT Supports Health Centers as Key Player in Health Reform
Letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Regarding Proposed Rule Changes to Rural Health Clinics

Environmental Concerns
RHAT writes letter to TVA re Coal Ash
Summary of 2009 Legislative Focus

RHAT Hill Day 
On March 4, 2009 RHAT members mingled with their legislative Representatives and Senators at our Legislative Breakfast in downtown Nashville. We then proceeded to our legislators' offices to discuss rural health issues. 

Click here to read the message.




he single most effective way for states to save lives and save money is a universal helmet law. Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37%.
Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69%.
The United States saved $3 billion due to helmet use in 2010.

The United States could have saved an additional $1.4 billion in 2010 if all motorcyclists had worn helmets. Helmets do not reduce visibility or impair hearing.

he single most effective way for states to save lives and save money is a universal helmet law. Helmets reduce the risk of death by 37%.
Helmets reduce the risk of head injury by 69%.
The United States saved $3 billion due to helmet use in 2010.

The United States could have saved an additional $1.4 billion in 2010 if all motorcyclists had worn helmets. Helmets do not reduce visibility or impair hearing.