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TennCare choice seems no closer for Gov. Haslam

Chas Sisk, The Tennessean • Feb 24, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Darin Gordon seemed exasperated. The director of TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program, last week agreed to brief House Democrats in the ornate legislative lounge at the Capitol.

Gordon has been Tennessee’s point man with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services since Gov. Phil Bredesen was in office, and Democrats were eager to pin him down on how — or even if — Gov. Bill Haslam plans to expand TennCare. The questions were often pointed, the conversation often went in circles, and Gordon was often defensive.

“I wish I could convey all the time and energy we’re spending in trying to figure this out,” Gordon said wearily.

The most obvious way Gordon could get that point across would be for his Republican boss to present a plan to expand TennCare that has been blessed by federal officials. But after nearly a year of talks, there are no signs of a breakthrough.

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