Lawmakers push to get health coverage for more Tennesseans

Posted at 3:31 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-14 20:25:55-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — It's an issue that affects everyone -- and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle want to fix holes in health care. Right now there is a desperate need for coverage for tens of thousands Tennesseans.

The Governor is also looking for solutions. Recently, Democratic lawmakers met with Bill Lee to discuss the issue.

There are many in Tennessee without health insurance and republican lawmakers are looking for federal assistance. Republicans are focused on Tennessee's working poor. They say block grants could help meet some of those needs.

Today state senate speaker Randy McNally said that could take the form of some sort of voucher system which would go towards business owners to insure their employees.

However, democrats believe the best way to make sure people have coverage is to expand medicare. Democrats also believe that medicare expansion could create jobs in the state.
They referenced Louisiana in their press conference today as an example of a state that has done so successfully.