Statement from the Tennessee Hospital Association; March 27, 2013:
Tennessee hospitals are disappointed the Governor couldn’t get the information he needs from CMS to move forward at this time with coverage of the expansion population.
The Governor has asked CMS to allow Tennessee to bring those who would be eligible for the Medicaid expansion into the health insurance exchange and provide them private coverage, thereby leveraging federal funding to transform healthcare in Tennessee without expanding the Medicaid rolls. Tennessee hospitals believe this is the correct approach for Tennessee.
We understand the need for clarity and we plan on working with the administration and the legislature to get the answers that will allow the state to make coverage available to the additional Tennesseans with incomes less than 138 percent of the federal poverty level.
We are hopeful we will get the necessary assurances from the federal government that will allow the Governor to pursue the vision he outlined this morning and there can be a special session of the legislature in Tennessee to take advantage of the 100 percent federal funding available this year.