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9:32am

Thu December 18, 2014
Politics

Tennessee's Corker "closely examining" Obama's move on Cuba

U.S. Senator Bob Corker

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT)  --  A number of Republicans and a few Democrats are reacting angrily to President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba, but a prominent Tennessee Republican is taking a more measure tone.

Likely Republican presidential contender Marco Rubio reacted furiously to the president’s initiative, saying in part that the move “is a victory for oppressive governments the world over.”

But Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, who is likely to head the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the next Congress, was more reserved in his reaction.

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10:35am

Wed December 17, 2014
Politics

Stage being set for battle over Medicaid expansion in Tenn.

Credit tn.gov

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — More than 80 business, health care and civic groups have formed the Coalition for a Healthy Tennessee to support Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to expand Medicaid.

Haslam's "Insure Tennessee" plan would draw down federal money under President Barack Obama's health care law to provide health care to an estimated 200,000 Tennesseans..

AARP Tennessee is one of the coalition members. Shelley Courington is the group’s Advocacy Director.

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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.
Credit tn.gov

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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10:17am

Mon December 15, 2014
Business

Crunch time again for Obamacare sign-ups

Credit healthcare.gov

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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8:23am

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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