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Tennessee may expand Medicaid

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Tennessee is moving toward expanding Medicaid, another sign that Republican resistance to that portion of the Affordable Care Act may be ebbing.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said that the state will submit a plan to federal regulators "sometime this fall with a plan ... that we think makes sense for Tennessee," according to the Nashville Tennessean.

Haslam's plan is likely to include elements of privatized coverage, reports Talking Points Memo.

A Kaiser Family Foundation report found roughly 160,000 Tennesseans could benefit from closing the "coverage gap" between non-expanded Medicaid and the federal subsidies on the Obamacare exchanges.

"As we wait for a plan, Tennesseans lose $2.7 million a day. We can't get that back," Michele Johnson, executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center, told the Tennessean.

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