Cohen Statement on Governor Haslam’s TennCare Announcement

December 15, 2014
Press Release

[MEMPHIS, TN] – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) today released the following statement regarding Governor Haslam’s newly-announced “Insure Tennessee” Medicaid plan:

“While I regret the amount of time that it took Governor Haslam to reach this agreement, I am relieved that he has completed his negotiations with the Obama Administration to begin expanding health coverage to more Tennesseans. I am glad the governor is following Arkansas’ lead and expanding coverage as our neighbor did 2 years ago. I remain cautiously optimistic that the General Assembly will pass and implement the governor’s plan,” said Congressman Cohen. “As a founding member of the Congressional State Medicaid Expansion Caucus, I remain committed to ensuring that all Tennesseans are able to take advantage of the benefits and protections made available through the President’s landmark Affordable Care Act. I believe that a full expansion of TennCare as originally prescribed by the law is the best way to cover Tennesseans, I am hopeful that implementation of the Governor’s plan can put Tennessee on the road to achieving universal health coverage in the future.”