Governor Introduces Medicaid Expansion Proposal in Tennessee

Date: January 12, 2015

A new Medicaid plan is up for approval by the state assembly. How would this plan affect you?

Governor Introduces Medicaid Expansion Proposal in Tennessee

Governor Bill Haslam has introduced a Medicaid expansion plan called Insure Tennessee, a two-year pilot plan that must be approved by the Tennessee General Assembly.

NFIB is carefully evaluating the details and beginning our engagement process with our members.

The two-pronged approach seeks to introduce a voucher program for the working poor, those who are in a gap of no coverage after passage of Obamacare, and the NFIB v. Sebelius lawsuit that determined states must decide if they want to expand Medicaid. It also seeks to start a Healthy Incentives Program that replaces the current fee-for-services model to outcome-based payments.

Sources estimate the new population is expected to number at least 250,000 Tennesseans. The governor stated no new state taxes would be required. Any funding overruns would be covered through a hospital assessment fee that triggers federal matching dollars. Other critical details are beginning to emerge, so please stay posted at and through traditional media for more information.

The issue will be debated in a special session likely to begin in late January or early February.  We are very interested in member feedback and questions as we seek to learn more about the proposal. Please contact State Director Jim Brown at [email protected] or call 615-874-5288 with any questions or comments.

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