|By Andy Sher, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Tenn.|
Health and Human Services Secretary
Haslam, who faced opposition from fellow Republicans in the
There has been talk in
She did say the department "will consider waivers at the regular matching rate now and, in 2017 when the 100 percent federal funding for the expansion group is slightly reduced."
While rejecting the state-operated exchange, Haslam said he hasn't ruled out going along with the
A decision last summer by the
Haslam said that while he is aware of their concern and the opportunity to provide more people coverage, he worries the federal government could decide years later to cut the 90 percent match rate for the new enrollees to the standard 65 percent match
That could pose problems in funding other programs like education and prisons, Haslam said.
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