Haslam announced that Tennessee would not expand the State's Medicaid program
according to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act - commonly referred
as "Obamacare" instead
it would follow the 'Tennessee Plan' and increase health coverage for those who
genuinely needed it.
Tennessee Plan would help175, 000 people who required health insurance, the
state intended to save millions of dollars by buying policies from private
Tennessee plan - the state provided coverage for the uninsured without the
restrictions placed by the federal law on the Medicaid program so that they
were flexible in delivery of health care. The health care providers would be
paid for actual health outcomes rather than the number of services performed
The plan includes a definitive clause that it could be renewed
only with the General Assembly's approval, thus ensuring that the legislature's
hands are not tied in the future if the states revenues are below budget.
Haslam's decision of not falling into the trap of free federal support and
following a Tennessee Plan is bold and greatly appreciated. Gov. Haslam's
actions show that the real answers to the nation's health care problems have to
be resolved by the states and not by federal bureaucrats in Washington.
Tennesseans will have reach to quality and affordable health care and it is
established that Gov. Haslam's thoughtful choice with regard to such an
important decision, is the right one for the state and people of Tennessee
which will lead the state to a bright and successful future.
Hannah Punitha (IRDA
Licence Number: 2710062)
Glen Casada, April 2013