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Governor Bill Haslam’s proposal to extend healthcare coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans failed during a special legislative session on Wednesday afternoon. The Senate Health Committee defeated the Republican governor’s Insure Tennessee plan on a 7-4 vote. The Tennessee General Assembly met early Wednesday afternoon to decide whether or not to approve Insure Tennessee, the Obamacare alternative proposed …

The fate of Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans could be decided on Wednesday. Senate Health Committee Chairman Rusty Crowe said the panel may vote on the measure then. He said the Insure Tennessee plan has five favorable votes and only needs one more to advance out of his …

President Barack Obama’s budget proposal includes $181.5 million for a new federal courthouse in Nashville. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, a Nashville Democrat who has long advocated for the new courthouse, lauded Monday’s announcement a “critical next step” in getting the facility built. The city has been waiting for federal funding for a new courthouse since …

Lawmakers will convene a special session today to take up Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans. The proposal is simple, but the politics are not. Haslam’s plan is a two-year pilot project called Insure Tennessee. The deal calls on state hospitals to pay the $74 million state share to …

After months of negotiations and political wrangling, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans comes down to a 451-word resolution. The Republican-controlled Legislature convenes in a special session on Monday to decide whether to OK the governor’s Insure Tennessee plan — or to or leave $2.8 billion in federal …

Federal Medicaid officials and the state’s attorney general on Tuesday confirmed that Tennessee could end Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to cover 200,000 low-income people without penalty. Attorney General Herbert Slatery, who was Haslam’s chief legal adviser before being named attorney general last year, said in a legal opinion that the state “would retain the ability …