CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The head of the Tennessee Hospital Association says hospitals across the state are going to suffer if TennCare is not expanded under the new federal health care law.

While the U.S. Supreme Court recently upheld most of the Affordable Care Act, justices struck down a mandate for states to expand their Medicaid programs. The court gave states the choice of opting into the Medicaid expansion in 2014.

Craig Becker is president of the Tennessee Hospital Association. He told the Chattanooga Times Free Press ( he plans to sit down with the administration and discuss the issue, because it's "our Achilles heel right now."

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, both Republicans, said they haven't decided whether to expand Medicaid under a law they oppose.

Tennessee's Medicaid program is called TennCare, and currently covers about 1.2 million people.

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