Press release, NASHVILLE – Today, Speaker Beth Harwell's organized healthcare task force, the "3 Start Healthy Project,"
released a tentative outline of their
plan to expand government healthcare in Tennessee. While the Beacon Center has committed to working with task force members on exploring market-based, innovative solutions to improve access and quality of care, they remain cautious of the proposed plan.
Beacon Policy Director Lindsay Boyd, who testified against Gov. Haslam's Medicaid expansion proposal during the 2015 legislative session reacted by stating, "The Beacon Center has serious reservations about the direction and shape this proposal may take . Because it is incomplete in regard to the details needed to assess the sustainability, flexibility, and socio-economic impact of such a program, we must withhold judgement as we continue to meet and discuss these plans in greater depth with members of the task force."
Boyd went on to note, "The Beacon Center remains consistent in our opposition to an expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, and will not support efforts that may jeopardize the state's autonomy, economy, and access to care for those most vulnerable patients already enrolled in the state's already crowded Medicaid program."