Advocates continue call for Medicaid expansion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Members of the state chapter of the NAACP and other health care advocates held a mock funeral across from the state Capitol in Nashville to characterize lives they say will be lost if Medicaid is not expanded in Tennessee.

About 100 people attended Tuesday’s event, which included a processional with a casket.

Organizers say many people have died because they don’t have health care and that there will be more deaths if Medicaid is not expanded.

Gov. Bill Haslam told reporters as recently as last month that he’s still in talks with Washington over finding a way to expand Medicaid.

Haslam said he wants to find a solution that is acceptable both to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and to largely skeptical lawmakers in Tennessee, who must approve any deal under a law passed earlier this year.