TennCare director bucks national group, backs Haslam on Obamacare bill

The National Association of Medicaid Directors is criticizing the Graham-Cassidy health care bill that faces a U.S. Senate vote next week, reports Nashville Post. But with Gov. Bill Haslam supporting the proposal as “flat-out good for Tennessee” — Tennessee’s Medicaid director, Wendy Long, stands with her boss rather than the national organization.

Statement from a spokeswoman for TennCare, the name applied to Medicaid in Tennessee:

“The statement was issued by the NAMD Board of Directors, which is a representative group of Medicaid directors that has a process for determining consensus on issues,” (Sarah) Tanksley wrote in an email. “Dr. Long is not a member of the board and was not a part of that vote or decision making process. She has discussed the Graham-Cassidy bill with the governor and his team and supports his position on it.”

… Long’s dissonance notwithstanding, the NAMD board includes Medicaid directors from Republican states like Arizona and Oklahoma and states with Republican governors like Florida and Massachusetts.

The group’s statement isn’t an outright condemnation of the bill but lists three major concerns. The full text is HERE.

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