Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam held a budget hearing Dec. 5 on the state’s Medicaid program, TennCare. He spoke with reporters afterward about the size and scope and cost of the program, which currently serves about 1.3 million enrollees.
The governor also said he expects to know one way or the other whether the Tennessee and the Obama administration will be able to reach a policy compromise that could result in the state taking billions of dollars in federal funding to expand government-financed health care services for lower-income Tennesseans.
“I think we are narrowing the issue, ” Haslam said of talks with President Obama’s Health and Human Services secretary, Sylvia Burwell. “Our clock is ticking toward a conclusion point. We are going to decide on this one way or another before Christmas.” The governor said he’s been in contact with Burwell within the week.