State Gets Funds for Health Care Plan While Awaiting Court Decision

Tennessee accepted an additional $4.3 million in federal funds on Wednesday to establish a state-based health insurance exchange, bringing the total the state has received to more than $9 million. However, lawmakers adjourned their session earlier this month without passing legislation to implement an exchange where consumers can shop for health insurance. The U. S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the grant Wednesday as part of $181 million awarded to six states. "No one wants to invest a lot of money in a concept when we're not sure, that come July 1, after the Supreme Court has made its decision, whether we have to deal with it or not," Sen. Bo Watson said. The Times Free Press has the story