Insure Tennessee dies in legislature, could result in Shelby County tax increase

Insure Tennessee dies in legislature, could result in Shelby County tax increase

NASHVILLE, TN (WMC) - Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee failed to pass state legislature.

For the past week Gov. Haslam has been touting his Insure Tennessee plan trying to get lawmakers on board, but in Nashville on Wednesday state lawmakers voted the bill down.

In his State of the County Address on Wednesday, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell warned millions of dollars in state reimbursements for uninsured patients would disappear if the Insure Tennessee bill died.

"We're looking at upwards of a 10 percent property tax increase, if we have to go the property tax route to fill that hole," Luttrell said.

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