Republicans and Democrats in the state legislature are both trying to force Governor Bill Haslam off the fence. After more than a year of mulling it over, the governor says he still wants the option to expand the state’s Medicaid program.
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Governor Bill Haslam says he’s still trying to put together a plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee that would satisfy federal officials and pass a Republican dominated state legislature.
Governor Bill Haslam says he will make up his mind on whether to expand the state’s Medicaid program by the end of the month. He says he’ll leave time for the state legislature to consider his decision.
Lawmakers in Tennessee are watching Florida closely after the state’s conservative Republican governor went along with a major piece of the Affordable Care Act. Governor Bill Haslam is still on the fence about expanding the state’s Medicaid program – known as TennCare.
Nearly half of the Tennessee Senate has signed on to a bill that would keep the state from expanding its Medicaid program as envisioned under Obamacare.
Vanguard owns hospitals nationwide. In Arizona, it administers one of the health plans available to Medicaid recipients. But since 2011, state lawmakers have cut the program by more than half a billion
dollars, which means health care providers are getting paid less to treat Medicaid patients.
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says now is not the time to expand the state’s Medicaid program. But in his State of the State address Monday night, Haslam did not close the door to opening up Tenncare in the future.
Two Tennessee Republicans say they’re going to make sure the state doesn’t expand its insurance program for the poor. Governor Bill Haslam has been on the fence. Senator Brian Kelsey of Memphis and incoming Republican Jeremy Durham of Franklin – who is running unopposed for the state House – say they’ll file a bill the day after the election to block the expansion of TennCare.
An annual report that ranks the well-being of children in each state places Tennessee 36th in the nation.
The state Senate has passed a bill that might lead to Tennessee running health care programs.
Or maybe not.
Federal Funding may not come through for some items that were built into the state budget that was signed on Friday.
State lawmakers have approved an “assessment fee” on hospitals to help bridge cuts in TennCare. Hospitals asked for the fee – it would be viewed as revenue that would qualify for matching federal Medicaid funds.
Advocates for disabled citizens argued Wednesday against cuts in TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program. They say the cuts will force many of them into nursing homes and mental institutions.
A temporary change in federal policy will free up millions of dollars for TennCare.
The Congressional health care plan’s so-called “opt-out provision” isn’t taking Governor Phil Bredesen’s focus off of proposed changes to Medicaid.
The state will decrease the amount it pays doctors to see TennCare patients by 7% next year.
Tennessee’s senators say Congress needs to scrap the current health care proposals and start over from scratch.
Congressman Jim Cooper says the term “rationing” in the health care reform debate is usually thrown around to derail the discussion.
A consortium of healthcare providers met with President Obama yesterday and pledged to cut costs by as much as 2-trillion dollars as part of health care reform. A local hospital CEO downplayed that announcement today.