Majority-party members of the Tennessee House of Representatives won’t likely be talking too seriously about any plans to expand Medicaid — at least until a new president takes office, the chamber’s ranking lawmaker said Thursday.
House Speaker Beth Harwell said attitudes may shift once President Obama leaves the White House, but Republicans will likely want much more latitude to run the program than the feds have allowed in the past. “Perhaps there is a possibility in a couple years with a different president if we could go forward and ask for a block grant from D.C., that puts it in a whole new perspective, and I think we would be able to reexamine it then,” Harwell said.
Harwell doesn’t anticipate the House approving any proposals to expand Medicaid or adopt the governor’s “Insure Tennessee” in wake of the the proposal’s demise in a special session a week ago. “We have other things that the body as a whole needs to address this session,” she said. “We have been through a week of special session and now we are on to ether items.”
Speaker Harwell made these remarks to TNReport Feb. 12.