Tennessee Declines Federal Partnership for Exchange

2008 CLE TN flagAccording to AP reports, Tennessee has rejected partnering with the federal government to create a health insurance exchange.

These exchanges are insurance markets created under the Affordable Care Act in which consumers can buy individual policies and obtain subsidies to assist with premiums.

Governor Bill Haslam has sent a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services citing his concerns about “aggressive federal timelines, a lack of true flexibility for states, and misguided federal policies.”

Because Tennessee rejected the creation of a state-based exchange at the end of 2012, Tennesseans will participate in an exchange run solely by the federal government.  The State estimates that 300,000 people may participate in the exchange, but some estimates set participation closer to 600,000.

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About Andrew (Andy) Wampler

For over a decade, I have provided legal services to businesses and individuals in Northeast Tennessee. I spend time litigating breaches of contract, medical malpractice, and commercial disputes and have worked on a number of transactions. I also advise businesses, working much of my time on healthcare and employment matters.

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