Most Active Stories
- Murray Residents Voice Comments on Updates to the Human Rights Ordinance
- MSU's Board Changes Tobacco Policy, Passes Salary Increase and Learns of Org. Structural Change
- Murray Composer on Writing "A Winter's Dawn" - Performance This Saturday
- Geologists Record Widespread Activity On Ste. Genevieve Seismic Zone
- [VIDEO] Big Atomic Plays Sounds Good Live Lunch
Fri May 9, 2014
Nashville Hospital CEO Says Medicaid Expansion More Likely After Fall Election
The Nashville CEO of a prominent hospital chain says Tennessee’s more apt to expand Medicaid after elections this fall.
In a call with investors on Wednesday, Community Health Systems CEO Wayne Smith said there are a number of states where Republicans fear Medicaid expansion could be used as a weapon against them.
Smith says they’re concerned the Tea Party “could knock ‘em off.” He continued: “It will be much more acceptable once you get through this mid-term election.”
Smith, perhaps as no surprise as a health-care executive, has long been a vocal supporter of expanding Medicaid coverage in Tennessee.
When asked at a recent press briefing if Tennessee might still expand, Gov. Bill Haslam said he’s working on it:
“We know providing additional health care coverage for folks is a positive," he said. "The question is what’s the financial impact on the state?”
About 175,000 low-income Tennesseans are estimated to be eligible for coverage under the expansion. The federal government would bear almost all of the cost.
In April, state lawmakers passed a bill requiring that any Medicaid expansion must first be approved by both Republican-controlled chambers.
Copyright 2013 Nashville Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.wpln.org/.