Instead, Haslam will seek federal money to expand private insurance coverage, rather than use federal dollars to expand TennCare. However, it’s not clear if the federal government supports this idea.
Haslam’s plan: leverage available federal dollars to purchase private health insurance for those who don’t have access, allow co-pays for those who can afford to pay something, include a definitive circuit-breaker or sunset of the plan that could only be renewed with the General Assembly’s approval and reform the payment structure for providers so they are compensated for health outcomes, not just based on services performed.
An expansion would have estimated to cover roughly 175,000 uninsured Tennesseans and bring in $1.4 billion in federal money in the first year.
The Tennessee Health Care Campaign, a nonprofit health care consumer advocacy organization in Nashville, released a statement saying they did not agree with the governor’s decision.
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