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Special session on Insure Tennessee gets underway Monday

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By ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

NASHVILLE, TN. (AP) - Lawmakers convene a special session Monday to take up Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.

The proposal is simple, but the politics are not.

Haslam's plan is a two-year pilot project called Insure Tennessee. The deal calls on state hospitals to pay the $74 million state share to draw down $2.8 billion dollars in federal Medicaid money to offer coverage to uninsured Tennesseans.

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But many fellow Republicans in the Legislature are dubious about Haslam's plan because it relies on funds available under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Haslam spent the weeks before the special session touring the state to make his arguments to lawmakers. He will do so again in a joint address to the House and Senate on Monday evening.

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