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.
Senator Brian Kelsey (L) and State Rep. John Deberry
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.
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.