Faith leaders urge use of Medicaid money

Faith leaders urge use of Medicaid money


NASHVILLE (AP) - Faith leaders from across the state are urging Gov. Bill Haslam and state lawmakers to accept $1.4 billion in Medicaid money if the federal government doesn't approve an alternate plan for Medicaid expansion in Tennessee.

About 15 clergy were at the state Capitol on Monday delivering 133 baskets of loaves and paper fish to the offices of each of the legislators and the governor.

They say the loaves and fish are symbolic of the story of Jesus feeding the multitude, and that the Republican governor can use the money to ensure thousands have health insurance.

Haslam has excluded the Medicaid expansion money from his budget proposal this year, but says he's in pursuit of a special deal that could be struck at any time.

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