Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) “became the latest Republican governor to announce support of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion — and the third in the nation since Republicans gained more power at the state and federal levels in the November midterm elections,” the Washington Post reports.
“Like most other Republican governors who want to take the health-care law’s generous federal funding, Haslam is now offering a plan that deviates from the Medicaid expansion envisioned under the Affordable Care Act. Haslam, who made the announcement almost a month after his re-election, said the Obama administration has verbally approved the approach… These moves have somewhat been telegraphed over the past year. These governors had said they wouldn’t accept the Obamacare Medicaid expansion as written, but they were exploring other ways to take federal funds while crafting a plan that worked best for their states.”
“Nine Republican governors have expanded Medicaid so far, while Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is still negotiating with the feds on leveraging an existing state program to expand coverage.”