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Kelsey Gets 15 Co-sponsors on Medicaid Expansion Ban

News release from Senate Republican Caucus:
(NASHVILLE, TN), January 31, 2013 -Senator Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) and 15 State Senate co-sponsors today filed the TennCare Fiscal Responsibility Act. Senate Bill 804 will prevent expansion of the Tennessee Medicaid program under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.” The bill is an updated version of Senate Bill 1, filed by Sen. Kelsey in November.
“I am pleased to have the support so far of 16 of the 33 state Senators in Tennessee, and I hope to have other members sign on as co-sponsors,” said Sen. Kelsey.
Last week, a similar version of the bill, House Bill 82, was filed in the House of Representatives with 22 co-sponsors by Rep. Jeremy Durham (R-Franklin).
In June 2012 the United States Supreme Court ruled in National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius that states have the right to opt out of Medicaid expansion without losing pre-existing federal Medicaid funding.

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