Haslam To Decide Medicaid Expansion by ‘End of Summer’

Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday that he expects to know by the end of the summer whether a deal can be reached with federal officials over TennCare expansion. The Tennessean says this is the first time he has suggested a timetable for a final decision on the issue.
“It’s not a question of lack of dialogue,” Haslam told reporters after a Memorial Day commemoration on War Memorial Plaza. “I think if we haven’t made real progress by this summer, it’ll show that we’re not going to.”
… Haslam said state officials continue to negotiate toward a compromise. He named Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as one of the officials they have met.
“Marilyn actually lived in Nashville for awhile, understands Tennessee very well,” he said “We’ve had very frank conversations with her that have given me a lot of encouragement.”

Note: More details in the Commercial Appeal, HERE.

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