State releases details of TN lawmaker health benefit cost: $6 million
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A state agency has released detailed information about the nearly $6 million in taxpayer-subsidized health insurance benefits provided to Tennessee lawmakers.
The Tennessean (http://tnne.ws/1F9ZdDT ) reports that Gov. Bill Haslam's administration handed over the public records, a day after an unexplained delay.
The newspaper requested the information after lawmakers voted against Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans.
After a reporter was permitted to read the information about lawmaker benefits on a state computer earlier in the week, the paper agreed to pay $1,500 for its own copies. But the state balked at turning over the records on Thursday as some lawmakers raised opposition to the information becoming public.
Of 132 state lawmakers, 116 are on the state health insurance plan.