Gov. Bill Haslam to decide this week on Medicaid expansion

 

 In this Feb. 7, 2013 photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam speaks to a group in Nashville, Tenn. Haslam is one of the last Republican governors to decide whether to expand Medicaid, partly because of the state's experience as a pioneer in expanding Medicaid to cover the uninsured back in the 1990s. Federal funding for that expansion was cut after the White House and governorship changed hands.

In this Feb. 7, 2013 photo, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam speaks to a group in Nashville, Tenn. Haslam is one of the last Republican governors to decide whether to expand Medicaid, partly because of the state’s experience as a pioneer in expanding Medicaid to cover the uninsured back in the 1990s. Federal funding for that expansion was cut after the White House and governorship changed hands.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

 

Original story

NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said today he expects to reach a decision soon on whether to recommend Tennessee pursue an expansion of its Medicaid program, TennCare, under the federal affordable care act.

“We should have a decision ready this week,” Haslam told reporters this afternoon. “That’s about as specific as I can get at this point.”

scott conger health care reform(Editor’s Note: Typically these decisions are made on Wednesday and released to the press and public for a Thursday or Friday or Saturday edition, but the moment we know that decision we will cover it online.  Also note that pressure placed on your local representatives to support the health care expansion by the public and private health care agencies as was witnessed in the last Jackson city council meeting were the vote was unanimous. The pressure to support will come from the party where a majority of the funding for the next election will come.)

Later this week, a Republican-backed bill is coming up in a Senate committee that would block the expansion of Medicaid to what the state projects would be 180,000 low-income Tennesseans.

Last week, Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville told reporters he’s held off action on the bill as long as he reasonably can to give the governor time to make his decision.

Among other things, Haslam is now looking at efforts by Arkansas’ and Ohio’s governors to expand Medicaid through a market-based approach that would use the online health care insurance exchanges also established by the law.

Last summer, the U.S. Supreme Court threw states a curve on the Medicaid expansion, ruling that the decision is up to states instead of the mandate in the original Affordable Care Act.

Editor’s Note: It is important that you call the legislators below and request of them TO STOP GOVERNOR HASLAM INSTITUTING OBAMACARE MEDICAID EXPANSION IN TENNESSEE!!!

Specifically, tell them to support HB937/SB804 without amendments AND WITHOUT DELAY (they may try and push it back another week).  This bill would prohibit Tennessee from participating in any Medicaid expansion authorized under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare.

Here are the legislators e-mail addresses for you to copy and paste into your
browser:

rep.steve.mcmanus@capitol.tn.gov, rep.kelly.keisling@capitol.tn.gov, rep.joanne.favors@capitol.tn.govrep.curtis.johnson@capitol.tn.gov, rep.jimmy.matlock@capitol.tn.gov, rep.dennis.powers@capitol.tn.gov, rep.john.ragan@capitol.tn.gov, rep.david.shepard@capitol.tn.gov, sen.bo.watson@capitol.tn.gov, sen.jim.tracy@capitol.tn.gov, sen.reginald.tate@capitol.tn.gov, sen.steve.southerland@capitol.tn.gov, sen.dolores.gresham@capitol.tn.gov, sen.charlotte.burks@capitol.tn.gov, sen.mark.green@capitol.tn.gov,
sen.ken.yager@capitol.tn.gov,

Here is a listing of which legislators need to be called:

Rep. David Shepard
(615) 741-3513

Rep. John Ragan
(615) 741-4400

Rep. Dennis Powers
(615) 741-3335

Rep. Jimmy Matlock
(615) 741-3736

Rep. Curtis Johnson
(615) 741-4341

Rep. JoAnne Favors
(615) 741-2702

Rep. Kelly Keisling
(615) 741-6852

Rep. Steve McManus
(615) 741-1920

Senator Ken Yager
(615) 741-1449

Senator Mark Green
(615) 741-2374

Senator Charlotte Burks
(615) 741-3978

Senator Dolores R. Gresham
(615) 741-2368

Senator Steve Southerland
(615) 741-3851

Senator Reginald Tate
(615) 741-2509

Senator Jim Tracy
615-741-1066

Senator Bo Watson
(615) 741-3227

To contribute to one organization that is working to relieve the federal governments unconstitutionally strangle hold on the state working from the ground up please go here.

Donate Now!

%d bloggers like this: