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Health Care Task Force Releases Healthcare Coverage Plan for Tennesseans

On June 30, 2016, the Health Care Task Force unveiled their plan to provide increased healthcare coverage to Tennesseans. This task force had been commissioned by Speaker Beth Harwell to explore conservative ways to increase coverage for Tennesseans after the failure of our legislature to pass Governor Haslam’s Insure Tennessee plan. 

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The task force held meetings across the state and listened to input from numerous groups and individuals. The American Heart Association urged the task force to recommend a plan that would increase coverage and be accepted by the Federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

The plan released by the Health Care Task Force will have two distinct phases. Phase one will provide coverage to Veterans and Tennesseans "qualifying diagnosis of a mental illness or substance abuse disorder." Phase two would allow enrollment for anyone making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. The next step for the plan will be to negotiations by the task force with CMS. If CMS approves a wavier for the plan, then it will need to be approved by our full legislature.

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