Sebelius visits Nashville to push health exchange

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius has made a last-minute push to get Tennesseans to sign up for insurance through the federal health care exchange before a March 31 deadline.

Sebelius also made a plug Thursday in Nashville for expanding Medicaid in Tennessee, saying that the state is losing out on $6.2 million a day in federal funds. Sebelius said 520,000 uninsured Tennesseans would qualify for expanded Medicaid. And she said that taxpayers and hospitals are currently footing the bill for their care.

Gov. Bill Haslam last year declined to accept the Medicaid money without special arrangements for the state. So far, nothing has come of that, and some Republicans in the Legislature have signaled reluctance to accept any deal with the federal government.

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