Haslam in D.C. Seeking Medicaid Flexibility

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was in Washington today to talk with federal officials about his “third way” Medicaid expansion. Though he doesn’t expect to come back with a definitive answer or proposal for the state legislature, the Memphis Business Journal reports that Haslam is weighing how his final decision will impact the state’s hospitals. When asked in a news briefing whether recent layoffs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are relevant to the debate, Haslam said, “It’s something we have to take into account.” But he was quick to point out that the hospital’s financial troubles may be due more to sequestration, Medicare cuts and a reduction in federal disproportionate share payments.