Dems Renew Demand for Special Session on Haslam’s Medicaid Expansion Plan

Press Release from the Democratic Party of Tennessee, June 18, 2015:

Memphis, Tenn. (June 18, 2015) — A month after Democrats presented Republican leaders with three questions regarding their failure to pass Insure TN and urge Gov. Haslam to call a special session, the state’s Democrats are back — this time in Memphis — to demand Gov. Bill Haslam act quickly after a new study showing Insure Tennessee would’ve already saved 220 lives.

Insure Tennessee would provide access to health care for 280,000 hardworking Tennesseans and a recent Vanderbilt poll showed two-thirds of registered voters supported having the legislature vote on the measure.

Democrats are convening the press conference at Methodist North Hospital to also highlight another casualty of the failure of Republicans lawmakers to pass Insure Tennessee: job loss. More than 1,000 health care workers at Methodist North could lose their jobs as a result of lack of federal funding. State hospitals provided $2B in charity care in 2013. Four hospitals have shut down in the last year with more about to close.

The event will be held 11 a.m., June 25, Methodist North Hospital, 3960 new Covington Pike, Memphis, to highlight the immediate need to call for another special session to pass Insure Tennessee to save lives, jobs and hospitals.