Governor Bill Haslam Plans for Insure Tennessee

Governor Bill Haslam has announced the new Insure Tennessee plan, a two-year pilot program that would provide health care coverage to tens of thousands of Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options. The Governor plans to tap about $1 billion a year in Medicaid expansion funds under the Affordable Care Act. He has an oral agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to use the money in a non- traditional fashion, rather than for a straight expansion of the existing Medicaid program. The proposal, which involves premiums and co-pays, is contained in a requested amendment to the waiver for TennCare, the state‚Äôs managed care Medicaid program. The governor unveiled the Medicaid amendment Thursday, January 8th. If approved by the legislature, it will be sent to Washington after a 30-day public comment period, which now has begun and will run concurrently with the special session. It calls for the special session to begin Monday, Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. CST for the legislature to consider a joint resolution authorizing the governor to implement 6 p.m. CST that evening. The following link provides an opportunity to the site that includes the amendment and the proclamation