Gov. Haslam says no to Tennessee Medicaid expansion

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Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam today said he will not pursue an expansion this year of the state's version of Medicaid, called TennCare, under the federal health care law.

In an address to a joint convention of the General Assembly, Haslam blamed the Obama administration for problems related to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

But he said he is continuing to work on a plan that he believes would enable Tennessee to add an estimated 170,000 low-income residents to a plan that provides private insurance. The federal government hasn't accepted that proposal.

Republican Speaker Ron Ramsey of Blountville applauded Haslam's decision to reject Obama's Medicaid expansion.