Tennessee hospitals to make new push for Medicaid expansion: 3 things to know

Tennessee hospitals have not given up on Medicaid expansion, according to an Associated Press report published by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Tennessee Hospital Association, which was a key supporter of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's unsuccessful proposal to expand Medicaid, even pledging to fund the entire state share of the proposal, will work to pass the measure again once the 2016 presidential election is over, according to the report.

Here are three things to know about the hospitals' plan.

1. THA President Craig Becker said the THA is spending about $400,000 to fund a nonprofit called Tennesseans for a Responsible Future, which will work to gather support for passing Medicaid expansion, according to the report.

"It really is to kind of offset some of the misconceptions and certainly to educate our legislators to what Insure Tennessee is and what it isn't," Mr. Becker added, according to the report.

2. Tennesseans for a Responsible Future plans to start gathering support after President Barack Obama leaves office in 2017.

3. In the meantime, the group will work on educational efforts. It is looking for an executive director and plans to hire two or three staffers to work in the field, according to the report.

 

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