A Plan for Healthcare Expansion
We’ve reported previously on Speaker Harwell’s healthcare task force. We noted that instead of passing Insure Tennessee — or even bringing it to the floor for a vote, the Speaker created a task force out of political expediency.
Now, however, there is a plan to evaluate.
While not as positive as Insure Tennessee, there are some bright spots, even though the state may end up paying more in the long run.
Here are some key details from the Tennessean’s analysis:
Under the first phase, people would need either “a qualifying diagnosis of a mental illness” or proof of honorable discharge from the U.S. military in addition to making up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level — roughly $16,000 for an individual and $27,000 for a family of three.
The second phase would be open to anyone making up to 138 percent of the poverty level. Moving to the second phase would be contingent on the analysis of the first phase’s success. It could include analysis of the costs per member, the number of enrollees and health outcomes, as well as the utilization of both emergency rooms and primary care physicians.
It’s estimated that the first phase would expand coverage to some 115,000 Tennesseans.
If the federal government approves the proposal, a vote could occur as soon as the start of the 2017 legislative session, with expansion beginning later in 2017.
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