Gov. Haslam's Medicaid talk draws GOP criticism

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Updated: 8/29 12:46 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam's suggestion this week that he may submit a proposal for Medicaid expansion in Tennessee is getting some blowback from a fellow Republican leader in the Legislature.

Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris said in a statement Friday that he feels the governor is "not very serious" about a proposal to expand Medicaid because he has not conferred with lawmakers on the issue.

The Legislature earlier this year passed a bill to require the governor to obtain legislative approval before he can expand Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Haslam told reporters on Thursday that he has begun talks with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell, but acknowledged that any plan would require the support of a majority of state lawmakers in both chambers.


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