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Haslam hits the road to promote Insure Tennessee proposal

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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. AP photo Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. AP photo

JACKSON, TN (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam is heading to western Tennessee on Wednesday to promote his proposal to extend health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income Tennesseans.

Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal has been met with a largely cool response in the Legislature because it draws on federal money available under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Haslam has stressed that the proposal differs from straight Medicaid expansion adopted in other states because it would require co-pays and offer vouchers to buy private insurance. The plan has been endorsed by hospitals that argue it would defray costs for treating uninsured patients.

The Republican governor has acknowledged that he will need the votes of all legislative Democrats for the measure to pass. Some Democrats want assurances that rural hospitals won't close if the proposal passes.

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