Gov. Bill Haslam was supposed to be at a financial literacy event in Nashville today but instead is in Washington, D.C., likely touching base with officials about how he wants to go about expanding Medicaid.
Satisfying Republicans in the legislature, Haslam announced last month he would pass on expanding the state’s TennCare rolls using federal dollars under the Affordable Care Act, but instead try to find a third option that would allow using that money toward private insurance.
When asked what the governor was doing in the nation’s capitol, administration spokesman Dave Smith said the governor was attending the Memphis Soul music event at the White House and “other meetings, but I imagine Medicaid to certainly be one of the topics discussed.”
The governor was originally scheduled to attend an event on Capitol Hill focusing on financial literacy in Tennessee Tuesday, before he cancelled to be in Washington, D.C.