7:08 am
Tue November 19, 2013

TennCare Growing Slowly After ACA

While the number of people in Tennessee buying health insurance through new exchanges has been slow, state officials say the number of people being directed to the state's expanded Medicaid program is more than they expected.

So far, about 1,000 people have purchased health insurance throughout the state.

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2013 TN General Assembly
4:16 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Nashville Clergy Ask Lawmakers WWJD on Medicaid Expansion

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Would Jesus expand Tennessee’s Medicaid program? That’s the question a left-leaning clergy group is asking the General Assembly, and they believe the answer is yes.

Pastors and priests delivered baskets of bread loaves and paper fish to each legislator. The attempted biblical parallel is to the miracle of feeding the 5,000.

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4:04 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Haslam Changing Tune On Expanding Medicaid

Governor Bill Haslam is saying there’s still a chance to expand TennCare and cover more of the state’s uninsured. Last week, Haslam effectively turned down billions of dollars in federal money to expand Tennessee’s Medicaid program. But after talking with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius over the weekend, he says the federal agency is sounding more receptive to his demands.

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2013 TN General Assembly
4:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Haslam Wants Deal on Tennessee Medicaid Expansion

Tennessee isn’t saying “yes” to expanding the state’s Medicaid program known as TennCare. But it’s not saying “no” either. Gov. Bill Haslam made the announcement this morning to a joint assembly of the legislature, telling lawmakers he’s been working toward a “third option.”

“To leverage the federal dollars available to our state to transform health care in Tennessee without expanding our TennCare rolls,” he said.

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3:16 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Lawyers Lose Portion of 2.5 Million Dollar TennCare Legal Fees

A federal appeals court has struck down a significant portion of the $2.5 million in legal fees awarded to attorneys who have represented TennCare patients in a year-long fight with Tennessee.

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2013 TN General Assembly
1:21 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

Tennessee Republican Leaders More ‘Open’ to Medicaid Expansion

Previous naysayers are coming around to the idea of expanding Tennessee’s Medicaid Program. Even while criticizing the Affordable Care Act, they say pulling more poor people into TennCare could have some upsides.

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2:09 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

TN Governor Unsure About Medicaid Expansion

Lawmakers in Tennessee are watching Florida closely after the state’s conservative Republican governor went along with a major piece of the Affordable Care Act. Governor Bill Haslam is still on the fence about expanding the state’s Medicaid program – known as TennCare.

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2013 TN General Assembly
8:17 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Health Care Compact Fails in Tennessee House Committee

A measure that would allow Tennessee to approach Congress about forming its own health care system has failed this year. The proposal sponsored by Republican Rep. Mark Pody of Lebanon failed with a 9 - 9 House Insurance and Banking Committee vote Tuesday.

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2013 TN General Assembly
4:09 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Hospitals Say Blocking Medicaid Expansion Would Cost 90,000 TN Jobs

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The state’s hospitals are playing out the “what if’s” as lawmakers consider whether to expand Medicaid as part of the federal health care overhaul. Their study says 90,000 Tennessee jobs could be lost if the expansion does not occur.

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Health Care
8:15 am
Wed January 2, 2013

TennCare Doctors See Boost in Pay

Doctors who treat TennCare patients will get a New Year's pay raise.  Practitioners in family medicine, general internal medicine, pediatrics or a related subspecialty are now going to be reimbursed at Medicare rates, more than 25 percent above what they were being paid.  TennCare officials say the boost will give qualifying Tennessee doctors an extra $55 million over the next two years.

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