Thursday, February 6, 2014

House Democrats Seeking Details On "Tennessee Plan"

Posted By on Thu, Feb 6, 2014 at 1:47 PM

Tennessee House Democrats have filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the federal government seeking details of the state's communications with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regarding the expansion of Medicaid.

Nearly a year ago, Gov. Bill Haslam announced that Tennessee was rejecting the expansion of Medicaid offered under the Affordable Care Act, but said he was researching a third option he called the "Tennessee Plan."

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh's office says a similar request has been sent to the Haslam administration, with the goal of obtaining the Tennessee Plan and "determining its status."

“We take Governor Haslam at his word that he is negotiation in good faith on a Tennessee Plan—we simply think that if the Governor is serious, the public has a right to make input," Fitzhugh says in a released statement. "We want this to happen, we want coverage for these 330,000 working Tennesseans and we want to know how to help. The information on that hasn’t been forthcoming, so we kind of had to resort to this request.”

The FOIA request asks written and electronic communications between the state and HHS regarding Medicaid expansion, as well as phone records, notes, and "all plans submitted by the State of Tennessee" to HHS proposing Medicaid expansion or an alternative plan.

See the whole request after the jump:

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