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Bid to revive Tennessee Medicaid expansion moving in Senate

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An effort to revive Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal has received a positive recommendation in a Senate subcommittee.

The resolution sponsored by Democratic Sen. Jeff Yarbro of Nashville would authorize Haslam to pursue his plan to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.

The governor's original proposal was defeated in a Senate committee in a special session in February.

The votes in favor of the measure Monday came from Yarbro and Republican Sens. Doug Overbey of Maryville and Richard Briggs of Knoxville. Yarbro and Briggs also voted in favor of the proposal when it failed in the special session, while Overbey was the measure's sponsor.

Haslam spokesman David Smith says the governor supports the latest effort to bring the Insure Tennessee proposal back on track.

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