Tenn. Gov Won't Expand Medicaid to Cover Uninsured

NASHVILLE. — Tennessee will not expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act but instead will pursue a state-based plan, the state's governor said Wednesday.

Gov. Bill Haslam said he wants to leverage federal dollars to purchase private health insurance for Tennesseans without coverage who can't afford it. But the federal Department of Health and Human Services has not signed off on his idea.

"Tennessee has shown the nation how to produce true reform in education based on students' results and educational outcome," Haslam said. "I believe Tennessee can also be a model for what true health care reform looks like, reform that will take significant steps to save the state and the nation from the unsustainable path we are on now."

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Source: USA Today