published Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Vanderbilt University poll shows majority of Tennesseans want Medicaid expansion

NASHVILLE — A poll conducted by Vanderbilt University shows more than three in five Tennesseans support an expansion of Medicaid, though nearly half also have a negative view of the federal health care law.

The survey of 800 randomly selected registered voters released Wednesday showed 63 percent favored an expansion of Medicaid, while 34 percent were against it.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam last spring declined to accept $1.4 billion in federal funds to cover about 140,000 uninsured Tennesseans under the terms the money was offered. He has been involved in negotiations with the federal government over a special deal for the state, but those efforts have not been fruitful so far.

The Medicaid expansion is part of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, which is viewed negatively by 47 percent in the poll.

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