Post Tagged with: "Medicaid"

Gov. Bill Haslam takes questions from reporters on Thursday. He said Medicaid officials are still planning to travel to the capitol to meet with his administration and talk about expansion in the state. Credit: TN Photo Services

Tennessee Governor Still Wants Option To Expand Medicaid

by / on January 16, 2014

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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TN Governor: I’m Doing A Lot More Than Just Talking When It Comes To Medicaid Expansion

TN Governor: I’m Doing A Lot More Than Just Talking When It Comes To Medicaid Expansion

by / on November 6, 2013

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.

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Haslam Pledges to Give Legislature Time to Consider Medicaid Expansion

Haslam Pledges to Give Legislature Time to Consider Medicaid Expansion

by / on March 5, 2013

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.

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Florida Medicaid Expansion Could Provide ‘Cover’ to Tennessee

Florida Medicaid Expansion Could Provide ‘Cover’ to Tennessee

by / on February 21, 2013

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.

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Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey is trying to fend off a raft of bills that aim to fix the highly controversial guns in trunks law, which was opposed by the state's largest employers. Credit: WPLN

Medicaid Expansion Ban Gains Momentum Against GOP Leadership Wishes

by / on January 31, 2013

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.

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Arizona Medicaid Cuts Slice Into Vanguard Earnings

Arizona Medicaid Cuts Slice Into Vanguard Earnings

by / on January 31, 2013

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.

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State of the State: No Medicaid Expansion

State of the State: No Medicaid Expansion

by / on January 28, 2013

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.

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TN Republicans Vow to Block Medicaid Expansion

by / on October 29, 2012

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.

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Kids Count: More kids in Tennessee poor, but insured

by / on July 25, 2012

An annual report that ranks the well-being of children in each state places Tennessee 36th in the nation.

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Tennessee Senate Passes Health Care Compact Bill

by / on May 18, 2011

The state Senate has passed a bill that might lead to Tennessee running health care programs.

Or maybe not.

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State Projects Depend on Questionable Federal Funding

by / on June 28, 2010

Federal Funding may not come through for some items that were built into the state budget that was signed on Friday.

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Sate Lawmakers Approved “Hospital Tax” Requested by Hospitals

by / on May 5, 2010

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.

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TennCare Advocates Fear Slated Cuts And Possible Further Cuts

by / on February 24, 2010

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.

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“Clawback Payment” Reprieve Will Save TennCare $120 million

by / on February 22, 2010

A temporary change in federal policy will free up millions of dollars for TennCare.

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Public Plan Opt-Out Doesn’t Sway Governor

by / on November 2, 2009

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.

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Doctors Could Get More Patients, Less Money from TennCare

by / on October 13, 2009

The state will decrease the amount it pays doctors to see TennCare patients by 7% next year.

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Alexander, Corker Criticize Health Care Plan

by / on July 26, 2009

Tennessee’s senators say Congress needs to scrap the current health care proposals and start over from scratch.

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Cooper Says No Need to Fear Rationing if Health Care Costs Cut

by / on June 23, 2009

Congressman Jim Cooper says the term “rationing” in the health care reform debate is usually thrown around to derail the discussion.

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Local Hospital CEO Says Major Healthcare Reform Will Take Years

by / on May 13, 2009

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.

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