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11:06am

Mon December 15, 2014
Politics

Gov. Haslam strikes deal with feds to expand Medicaid

Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Chrissy Haslam.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s reached a deal with federal officials to expand Medicaid in Tennessee.

The Republican governor announced the agreement this morning after months of discussions with federal authorities.

Called Insure Tennessee, the program will provide coverage for the state's uninsured without creating new taxes for Tennesseans. Under the plan, members would receive a voucher to purchase insurance in the private market.

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10:54am

Mon December 15, 2014
Business

Will the mid-state see $2 gas by the end of this week?

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A fuel price analyst with AAA says the mid-state could see $2 gas by the end of the week.

As of this morning the average price in Tennessee for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline stands at $2.37, that’s 17 cents below the national average.

There are about 20 stations in the Murfreesboro area selling a gallon of unleaded for less than $2.20.

AAA fuel analyst Mark Jenkins says enjoy the lower prices while they last. Analysts are divided on where oil prices are headed next.

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10:17am

Mon December 15, 2014
Business

Crunch time again for Obamacare sign-ups

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WASHINGTON (AP/WMOT) — President Barack Obama's health insurance program faces another big deadline today.

Tonight at 2 a.m. Central Time is the deadline for new customers to pick a health plan that will take effect Jan. 1.

For current customers, it's the deadline to make changes that could reduce expected premium increases ahead of the New Year.

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8:35am

Fri December 12, 2014
Politics

Bill would require racial profiling ban in Tenn.

Senator Brian Kelsey (L) and State Rep. John Deberry
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation introduced in the Tennessee General Assembly would require all of the state's law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies to ban racial profiling.

 

The bill is sponsored by Republican Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown and Democratic Rep. John Deberry of Memphis.

Kelsey says that the measure comes in response to the fatal shooting of an unarmed teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri, and the demonstrations that followed a grand jury decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

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8:23am

Fri December 12, 2014
Politics

Speaker Ramsey addresses Medicaid expansion, new abortion restrictions

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)/WMOT — State Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey says that if fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam succeeds in his negotiations with President Barack Obama's administration on a special Tennessee deal for Medicaid expansion, the result could be "sellable" to skeptical state lawmakers.

 

The biggest problem as Ramsey sees it: He doesn't think the Obama administration is interested in agreeing to Haslam's proposal. The governor is reportedly asking for co-pays and deductibles and to use the federal money to subsidize commercial insurance.

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