VOL. 130 | NO. 57 | Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Bid to Revive Tennessee Medicaid Expansion Moving in Senate
ERIK SCHELZIG | Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – An effort to revive Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal is advancing in the state Senate.
The Senate subcommittee on TennCare voted 3-2 on Monday to recommend a resolution sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jeff Yarbro of Nashville that would grant Haslam the power to strike a deal with the federal government on Medicaid expansion.
The governor's plan to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans was defeated in a Senate committee in a special session in February.
The votes in favor of the measure came from Yarbro and Republican Sens. Doug Overbey of Maryville and Richard Briggs of Knoxville, all of whom also voted in favor of the proposal when it failed in the special session.
Republican Sens. Joey Hensley of Hohenwald and Bo Watson of Chattanooga voted against.
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