Tennessee is one of the 18 states that have not expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
When it comes to lack of health care in Northeast Tennessee, the differences between Northeast Tennessee and the rest of the state are notable. While 11.8 percent of Tennesseans go without health care altogether, about 17 percent go without in Washington County and 13.8 go without health care in Johnson City.
While recent polls show that nearly 65 percent of Tennesseans support Medicaid expansion, a provision allowed as part of the Affordable Care Act, state legislators have not voted to expand health care coverage in the state.
Wednesday’s vote marked the end of a more than four-year battle over whether Virginia should expand the publicly funded health care program for the poor. A fight over Medicaid expansion led to a standoff over the state budget in 2014 and again this year.
It could have been a legacy-defining moment for Tennessee’s 49th governor, but the state legislature’s Republican supermajority wasn’t having it in 2015.
ATLANTA — The cost of expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is rising faster than expected in many states, causing budget anxieties and political misgivings.
BATON ROUGE, La — Louisiana is becoming the first state in the Republican-dominated Deep South to expand its Medicaid program.
Tennessee Speaker of the House Beth Harwell was greeted in Johnson City by a small group of protestors calling for the state Legislature to approve Gov. Bill Haslam's medicaid expansion proposal, Insure Tennessee. The demonstrators lined State of
Supporters of Insure Tennessee suffered another loss at the hands of the attorney general this week, and Gov. Bill Haslam potentially lost some leverage, in the ongoing debate over expanding health care coverage to low-income Tennesseans.