Haslam files resolution to authorize Insure Tennessee

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration has filed a 451-word resolution that lawmakers will need to approve in order to authorize the proposal to extend health coverage to more than 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.
    
Haslam is scheduled to address lawmakers about the plan at the start of a special legislative session on Monday evening.
    
The resolution describes the Insure Tennessee proposal as “a unique, alternative approach” that differs from straight Medicaid expansion. The plan would offer vouchers to buy private insurance and incentivize health behavior and discourage unnecessary use of emergency rooms for general care.
    
Hospitals have agreed to cover the $74 million state share to draw down $2.8 billion in federal money over two years
    
Many Republicans remain wary because of the plan’s ties to President Barack Obama’s health care law.

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