Statement from Sen. Brian Kelsey, Sponsor of Bill to Block Medicaid Expansion, Regarding
Governor Haslam's Decision not to Expand Medicaid under "Obamacare"
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - "I applaud Governor Haslam's decision today to reject
Medicaid expansion as envisioned by ObamaCare in this year's budget," stated
Senator Brian Kelsey (R - Germantown) following the governor's announcement
this morning. "I am happy to receive the governor's commitment not to expand
Medicaid in future years without legislative approval."
Sen. Kelsey is the sponsor of Senate Bill 804, filed to block Medicaid expansion
in Tennessee. Sen. Kelsey originally filed Senate Bill 1 on Nov. 7, 2012 to block
expansion. He redrafted the bill and filed SB 804 on January 31, 2013 with 15 of
the 33 state Senators as co-sponsors. The bill is scheduled for a vote in the
Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday afternoon, March 27. Sen. Kelsey
serves as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman.