Archive for the ‘medicaid’ Category

Leader Fitzhugh’s New Year’s Day Message

Friday, January 3rd, 2014


Leader Craig Fitzhugh‘s New Year’s Day message to the tens of thousands of Tennesseans who should have woken up on January 1st with the health care coverage they so desperately need.


Fitzhugh: Haslam Creates Health Purgatory

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The following column by State House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh appeared Nov. 3, 2013 in The Commercial Appeal

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says we have plenty of time to deal with Medicaid expansion.

His administration plays down the rush to provide some 330,000 Tennesseans with quality, affordable health care coverage. The governor [...]

House Democrats Tell Haslam to Listen to GOP Governors Expanding Medicaid

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

In what must be ironic news to the 330,000 Tennesseans waiting for a decision on Medicaid expansion, Governor Bill Haslam was chosen to Chair the National Governors Association’s Health and Human Services Committee along with vice-Chair Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.

“This could be terrific news for Tennessee,” said House Democratic Leader Craig Fitzhugh. “Six [...]

Herron: Why Tennessee should expand Medicaid

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Tens of thousands of Tennesseans are signing up for affordable health insurance through the new online exchanges. Meanwhile, dependable health coverage for 330,000 Tennesseans hangs in the balance.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press published the following column written by Chairman Roy Herron on October 10, 2013:

Why Tennessee should expand Medicaid

If [...]

Blocking Medicaid Expansion Will Be Economic ‘Disaster’ for Local Hospitals

Monday, August 26th, 2013

The Republican refusal to expand Medicaid in Tennessee and extend health insurance to as many as 330,000 working people will have dire consequence for patients, workers and hospitals, Chairman Roy Herron said in a column that appeared this weekend in The Tennessean.

The full column can be read below:

August 24, 2013

Herron: ‘Choose Life’ — Expand Medicaid Now

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The Commercial Appeal featured a column Thursday — the second in a series — from Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron, who wrote for the second time in about  the importance of extending health coverage to working families through Medicaid expansion.

You can read the full column as it appeared in the Appeal [...]

Chairman: Expand Medicaid for Working People

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

If the politicians and the prisoners, the lawmakers and the lawbreakers, have health care, what’s wrong with working women and working men having health care?

That’s the question Chairman Roy Herron sought to answer in a column that ran in Sunday’s Knoxville News-Sentinel.  I hope you’ll read this short column and, if you [...]

Herron: ‘Sickest Tax Day in Tennessee History’

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron called April 15, 2013 the “sickest tax day in Tennessee history” on Monday.

Herron said Governor Bill Haslam and Republicans rejected $1.4 billion — of our tax dollars — when they decided against Medicaid expansion, a move that would have expanded access to reliable health care to 300,000 working [...]

Top Democrat: Governor Haslam Has ‘Failed to Deliver’

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh released a video statement Thursday in response to Governor Haslam’s decision to reject a federally-funded Medicaid expansion. The expansion would provide more than 300,000 Tennesseans from working families access to reliable, quality care.

Do Nothing Governor: Haslam ‘Plan’ Amounts to a No

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

‘Tennessee Plan’ leaves uninsured, rural hospitals with no solution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gov. Bill Halsam promised a decision on expanding Medicaid today, but instead delivered a “no” dressed up as a year of delayed action and indecision.

“We expected clarity today on Medicaid, but all we got was confusion,” Senate Democratic Caucus Chairman Sen. [...]