Tennessee Guv Says Medicaid Expansion Contingent On Privatization Plan

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) said Wednesday that he is unwilling to move forward with the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act until he acquires federal approval of a plan to use the money to pay for private insurance, the Huffington Post reported

Haslam outlined a plan, based on a model being pursued in states including Arkansas and Ohio, that would would use federal Medicaid dollars to finance the purchase of private health insurance. But the governor told lawmakers he wouldn’t recommend the expansion without federal approval of the plan and legislative consideration.