Tennessee House votes to limit Governor Haslam on TennCare expan

Tennessee House votes to limit Governor Haslam on TennCare expansion

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A bill passed in the Tennessee House of Representatives would require Governor Bill Haslam to get legislative approval before expanding TennCare. A bill passed in the Tennessee House of Representatives would require Governor Bill Haslam to get legislative approval before expanding TennCare.
NASHVILLE, TN (WJHL) - Republicans in the Tennessee House don't want Governor Haslam to expand TennCare, the State's version of Medicaid.

Monday night, they did something about it.

According to The Tennessean,  the House of Representatives approved House Bill 937 requiring Governor Haslam to get the expressed permission of the Tennessee General Assembly before expanding TennCare.

Governor Haslam opted out of federal funding promised to states that expand their Medicaid program through the Affordable Care Act.

That left an estimated 175,000 uninsured Tennesseans who would have been newly eligible for TennCare coverage.   Tri-Cities hospitals said the failure to expand TennCare left them in financially dire straits as those uninsured residents continue to come to hospitals seeking care.

The bill is likely to be approved in the Republican controlled Senate.

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