Post Tagged with: "Medicaid expansion"

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris opposes tying the hands of Gov. Bill Haslam on Medicaid expansion, fearing it might interfere with the state's existing Medicaid waiver program, known as TennCare. Credit: TN Photo Services

Moderate Republicans Vote To Leave Medicaid Expansion To Tennessee’s Governor

by / on February 11, 2014

Moderate Republicans may have kept Tennessee’s Governor from having his hands tied regarding Medicaid expansion. They voted with Democrats Tuesday on the powerful Senate Finance Committee to leave the state’s options open.

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In 2013, Governor Bill Haslam dedicated a third of his speech to education, outlining a campaign to get 55 percent of Tennesseans with at least a two-year degree. Credit: Stephen Jerkins

What You Won’t Hear In Tonight’s State Of The State Address

by / on February 3, 2014

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will give the final State of the State Address of his first term tonight. Little is known about what he will say. But there are some guesses about what he won’t.

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Dwindling Tenn. Democrats To Keep Pushing For Medicaid Expansion

Dwindling Tenn. Democrats To Keep Pushing For Medicaid Expansion

by / on January 7, 2014

The minority party is sticking with the same legislative priority after failing to make headway last year.

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Dear Secretary Sebelius: Gov. Haslam Pens Long-Awaited Letter On Medicaid Expansion

Dear Secretary Sebelius: Gov. Haslam Pens Long-Awaited Letter On Medicaid Expansion

by / on December 9, 2013

After nearly a year of discussion, Tennessee’s governor is finally writing down what he wants a state’s Medicaid expansion to look like. Governor Bill Haslam says he’s sending a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Monday.

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TN Pastors Try Guilting Haslam Into Expanding Medicaid

TN Pastors Try Guilting Haslam Into Expanding Medicaid

by / on August 29, 2013

During a week in which Governor Bill Haslam has been in Washington negotiating a Medicaid expansion for Tennessee, a group of Christian churches is – again – pressuring him to find a way.

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The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that as of July 1, Tennessee is among six states still weighing options on Medicaid expansion. Others include Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania and Utah. Credit: TN Photo Services via Flickr

Haslam Heads To Washington With Health Of Hospitals On His Mind

by / on August 22, 2013

Job cuts and construction delays at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are weighing on Governor Bill Haslam. On Friday, he travels to Washington D.C. in hopes of hammering out a compromise on expanding the state’s Medicaid program – a move that has been characterized as vital to the health of Tennessee hospitals.

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Haslam Sees Medicaid Expansion As Component Of Healthier Tennessee

Haslam Sees Medicaid Expansion As Component Of Healthier Tennessee

by / on August 12, 2013

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has been hounded for spending a week promoting a $6 million health and wellness initiative, even while rejecting more than a billion dollars to expand the state’s health insurance program for the poor.

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How The Lack Of TennCare Expansion Hits Rural Hospitals, Working Poor

How The Lack Of TennCare Expansion Hits Rural Hospitals, Working Poor

by / on May 13, 2013

An expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is supposed to cover more of the working poor and balance out cuts that were made to already-struggling hospitals. But Republican-led states like Tennessee have been opting out or at least holding out, and outlying areas may be the hardest hit.

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Clergy to Legislature: WWJD on Medicaid Expansion?

Clergy to Legislature: WWJD on Medicaid Expansion?

by / on April 8, 2013

Would Jesus expand Tennessee’s Medicaid program? That’s the question a left-leaning clergy group is asking the General Assembly, and they believe the answer is yes.

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Haslam Changing Tune on Expanding Medicaid

Haslam Changing Tune on Expanding Medicaid

by / on April 2, 2013

Governor Bill Haslam is saying there’s still a chance to expand TennCare and cover more of the state’s uninsured. He is in “active conversations” with federal officials.

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Haslam Refuses Yes or No on Medicaid Expansion

Haslam Refuses Yes or No on Medicaid Expansion

by / on March 27, 2013

Governor Bill Haslam may have muddied the waters more than anything else with his much-anticipated decision on whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program. He said neither “yes” nor “no,” calling instead for a “third way.”

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Expansion Week for Haslam

Expansion Week for Haslam

by / on March 25, 2013

Governor Bill Haslam continues to stall his decision on enlarging Tennessee’s Medicaid program – known as TennCare. Though, he says he will reveal his position one way or the other this week.

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Hospitals Undermine Debt Reduction Argument Against TennCare Expansion

by / on March 12, 2013

Opponents of expanding TennCare as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act say the country can’t afford to add to the national debt. But hospitals are pushing back, saying the money amounts to just seven-thousandths of one percent of the country’s red ink.

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Tea Party Faithful Make Medicaid Stand

Tea Party Faithful Make Medicaid Stand

by / on March 10, 2013

Libertarians and Tea Party Republicans rallied at the foot of the state capitol Sunday. They’re making a last-ditch effort to keep Governor Bill Haslam from cooperating with the White House and expanding the state’s Medicaid program.

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Republican Leaders More ‘Open’ to Medicaid Expansion

Republican Leaders More ‘Open’ to Medicaid Expansion

by / on March 7, 2013

Previous naysayers are coming around to the idea of expanding TennCare. Even while criticizing the Affordable Care Act, they say pulling more poor people into the state’s Medicaid program could have some upsides.

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Hospitals, Democrats See Opening for Medicaid Expansion

Hospitals, Democrats See Opening for Medicaid Expansion

by / on February 26, 2013

On a day when the Republican-led state of New Jersey moved to expand it’s Medicaid program, hospitals and Democrats see an opening in Tennessee. The Tennessee Hospital Association released a poll showing a majority of residents want expansion.

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Hospitals Say Blocking TennCare Expansion Would Cost 90,000 Jobs

Hospitals Say Blocking TennCare Expansion Would Cost 90,000 Jobs

by / on February 7, 2013

The state’s hospitals are playing out the “what if’s” as lawmakers consider whether to expand Medicaid as part of the federal health care overhaul. Their study says 90,000 Tennessee jobs could be lost if the expansion does not occur.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – Blocking TennCare Expansion

Capitol Hill Conversation – Blocking TennCare Expansion

by / on January 14, 2013

After an opening gavel, the General Assembly is back to work. Whether or not to expand TennCare could be the most costly decision the body makes this year, and the first bill out of the gate would prevent Tennessee from expanding its Medicaid program as envisioned under the Affordable Care Act.

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Medicaid Expansion: “Bait and Switch” or Good Deal for Tennessee

Medicaid Expansion: “Bait and Switch” or Good Deal for Tennessee

by / on July 16, 2012

Last month’s Supreme Court decision may have freed Tennessee from having to expand its Medicaid program. But Nashville’s Congressman says the state needs to think twice before opting out.

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