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Health systems hope governor's plan will work in wake of Medicaid expansion refusal

Madison Mathews, NET News Service • Mar 28, 2013 at 7:34 AM

Local health care systems are hopeful Gov. Bill Haslam’s health care plan will work for thousands of uninsured Tennesseans, as long the federal government signs off on the proposal.

“As an organization, certainly at Mountain States we are supportive of the governor’s efforts to approach providing coverage for those folks this way and certainly urge the federal government to do everything in their power to hopefully approve this,” Mountain States Health Alliance Chief Financial Officer Marvin Eichorn said Wednesday.

Haslam announced Wednesday that he would not expand the state’s Medicaid program since he could not get his plan that would use federal money to subsidize private insurance for uninsured Tennesseans approved by the federal government.

The governor has said he will continue to negotiate with the federal government in order to gain approval.

Read more at the Johnson City Press.

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