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Gov. Haslam says health care ruling "significant"

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NASHVILLE, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says there is an unexpected twist in the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold the federal health care law as it pertains to Tennessee and TennCare, the state's version of Medicaid.

In the 5-4 decision, justices said the Affordable Care Act's planned expansion of states' Medicaid programs for lower-income adults can move ahead.

But they also threw out a provision that threatened states with the loss of all their existing federal Medicaid funds if officials refused to go along with the expansion of the program to more people.

Officials in a number of states, including Tennessee and Georgia, have complained the provision will cost them hundreds of millions of dollars.

Read more on the story from our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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