Special session on Insure Tennessee gets underway Monday
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Lawmakers have convened a special legislative session to take up Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.
Haslam’s plan is a two-year pilot project called Insure Tennessee. The deal calls on state hospitals to pay the $74 million state share to draw down $2.8 billion in federal Medicaid money to offer coverage to more uninsured Tennesseans.
The governor spent the weeks before the special session touring the state to promote his plan to lawmakers.
He was scheduled to do so again in a joint address to the House and Senate on Monday evening.