Press Releases

TN House Dems Hopeful About Haslam Appointment to NGA Health Cmte

Press release from the Tennessee House Democratic Caucus; October 23, 2013:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 23, 2013) – In what must be ironic news to the 330,000 Tennesseans waiting for a decision on Medicaid expansion, Governor Bill Haslam was chosen to Chair the National Governors Association’s Health and Human Services Committee along with vice-Chair Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.

“This could be terrific news for Tennessee,” said House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh. “Six of the ten governors on the task force Governor Haslam was appointed to in May have made the important decision to accept the federally funded Medicaid expansion. Hopefully Governor Haslam will learn from someone like New Mexico’s Republican Governor Susana Martinez who bucked tea party extremists in order to do the right thing for her state’s working poor.”

Governor Haslam is one of five governors in the United States who still claim to be “weighing options” on Medicaid expansion, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. Governor Susana Martinez decided earlier this year to expand Medicaid, saying, “[t]he election is over and the Supreme Court has ruled. My job is not to play party politics, but to implement this law in a way that best serves New Mexico.”

“The Governor seems to have struggled with this decision,” said House Democratic Caucus Chair Mike Turner. “Unfortunately, there are hundreds of thousands Tennesseans who are struggling to pay medical bills – having to make the impossible choice between food and the medicine they need. They simply can’t wait any longer for the Governor to finish his internal debate and do what is right for working families in our state.”

Governor Haslam has claimed to be working on a “third way” or “Tennessee Plan” with the federal government that would utilize Medicaid expansion funds for private insurance plans. However, unlike Arkansas which has already begun implementing such a plan, the Governor has not indicated he is closer to making a decision by the January 1st deadline for initial Medicaid expansion funds.

Details on the National Governor’s Association Health and Human Services Committee can be found here:

Press Releases

Haslam Named Chairman of Nat’l Governors Assn Health Committee

Press release from the National Governors Association; October 23, 2013:

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the new leadership of NGA’s five standing committees for the 2013-2014 year. NGA Chair Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and NGA Vice Chair Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper made the following appointments:

Economic Development and Commerce Committee

  • Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, chair
  • West Virgina Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, vice chair

Education and Workforce Committee

  • Kentucky Gov. Steven Beshear, chair
  • Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, vice chair

Health and Human Services Committee

  • Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, chair
  • Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, vice chair

Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee

  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, chair
  • Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, vice chair

Natural Resources Committee

  • North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, chair
  • Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy, vice chair

For a list of the executive committee, click here.