Haslam’s Plan can be Dropped if Unsuccessful

Bill Haslam

State and Federal officials tell skeptical Tennessee Lawmakers Governor Bill Haslam’s plan to expand TennCare can be dropped if unsuccessful without any penalties from Washington. State Attorney General Herb Slatery says Haslam’s “Insure Tennessee” plan could be withdrawn at any time so long as certain notice and phase-out procedures are followed. Haslam wants to use Federal Medicaid funds to provide vouchers for the purchase of private insurance plans. He says about 200,000 currently uninsured Tennesseans would be eligible. Haslam says his effort would be cost-free to state taxpayers. The republican-controlled General Assembly is wary of the plan, saying it’s funded by provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the Obama administration program rejected by conservatives. A special session of the General Assembly will adopt or dismiss “Insure Tennessee” next week.

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