Sebelius Says Many Thousands Will Go Uninsured Unless Tennessee Expands Medicaid

Sebelius Says Many Thousands Will Go Uninsured Unless Tennessee Expands Medicaid
Kathleen Sebelius visited a health clinic in Madison on Thursday to make a pitch for the Affordable Care Act. Bobby Allyn/WPLN

Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius visited Nashville on Thursday and warned that not expanding Medicaid in Tennessee could leave thousands uninsured. Sebelius visited Nashville on Thursday and warned that not expanding Medicaid in Tennessee could leave thousands uninsured.

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After Grilling From TN Congressman, Health Secretary Says ‘Hold Me Accountable’ For HealthCare.Gov Problems

After Grilling From TN Congressman, Health Secretary Says ‘Hold Me Accountable’ For HealthCare.Gov Problems
Rep. Blackburn has not explicitly said Secretary Sebelius should resign, though Blackburn has said she answer questions from Congress "before she leaves town." Blackburn is vice chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Image: C-SPAN

Brentwood Congressman Marsha Blackburn wasted no time in grilling the Secretary of Health and Human Services today. Kathleen Sebelius testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about problems with the HealthCare.gov website.

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Is $119 For Obamacare Insurance A Good Deal In Tennessee?

There will be several levels of plans, starting at "bronze." At that level - even before potential subsidies - a plan in Tennessee would cost half as much as one in Wyoming, on average. It would be more than $100 less than the same plan in Mississippi. Credit: MTSOfan via Flickr
There will be several levels of plans, starting at “bronze.” At that level – even before potential subsidies – a plan in Tennessee would cost half as much as one in Wyoming, on average. It would be more than $100 less than the same plan in Mississippi. Credit: MTSOfan via Flickr

Tennessee’s biggest Obamacare critics are trying to squelch any excitement for cheaper-than-expected insurance rates – 16 percent lower than original estimates. And the White House announced this week that the state will have some of the least expensive plans in the country. (more…)

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Haslam Sees Medicaid Expansion As Component Of Healthier Tennessee

Gov. Haslam takes questions from reporters on Monday. He spent last week touring the state to talk about Healthier Tennessee, a $6 million health and wellness initiative. Credit: TN Photo Services via Flickr
Gov. Haslam takes questions from reporters on Monday. He spent last week touring the state to talk about Healthier Tennessee, a $6 million health and wellness initiative. Credit: TN Photo Services via Flickr

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has been hounded for spending a week promoting a $6 million health and wellness initiative, even while rejecting more than a billion dollars to expand the state’s health insurance program for the poor. (more…)

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How The Lack Of TennCare Expansion Hits Rural Hospitals, Working Poor

Amanda Smith has been unable to qualify for TennCare, but she might if it were expanded to include more of the working poor. She recently turned to Partners for Healing in Tullahoma, Tenn. - a clinic for the working uninsured. Credit: Blake Farmer/WPLN
Amanda Smith has been unable to qualify for TennCare, but she might if it were expanded to include more of the working poor. She recently turned to Partners for Healing in Tullahoma, Tenn. – a clinic for the working uninsured. Credit: Blake Farmer/WPLN

An expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is supposed to cover more of the working poor and balance out cuts that were made to already-struggling hospitals. But Republican-led states like Tennessee have been opting out or at least holding out, and outlying areas may be the hardest hit. (more…)

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State Begins Process of Shaping Health Care Exchange Plans

Representatives from advocacy groups such as the Tennessee Disablility Coalition make their case for coverage to a panel of Tennessee officials.

Now that the Affordable Care Act has been upheld, Tennessee is rushing to create an insurance exchange. It would be a way for those without coverage through their job to get reasonably priced insurance. On Tuesday, state officials started taking input on what those plans should include, like treatment for Multiple Sclerosis and drug addiction. (more…)

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