JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) — The Ballad Health system is exempt from Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s recently approved law that limits entities’ ability to impose COVID-19 restrictions among employees, an official confirmed with News Channel 11.

Ballad Health spokesperson Ashlea Ramey released the following statement to News Channel 11:

Ballad Health is not required to file for exemption because we are expressly exempted already by the terms of the legislation.

Ashlea Ramey, Ballad Health

The law states that certain health care providers like hospitals, nursing homes and other related agencies that must comply with Medicare or Medicaid conditions are exempt from the limitations.

Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine announced last Thursday that Ballad employees who have direct contact with others in the workplace must be vaccinated against the novel coronavirus by Jan. 4 in accordance with Biden’s order requiring health care workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

This statement followed after the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office granted East Tennessee State University its exemption from the limitation law, as listed on the Tennessee Comptroller website.

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