There is an alternative plan to the Governor's “safety net.” The long and short of it is that the Governor's plan insures 100,000 people who are uninsured. The group being chosen by the Governor have access to health care coverage, but for different reasons don't have any or have chosen not to purchase it. They cost less per person to cover because they are for the most part, healthier. His plan will also give some funding to local clinics as well as initiate a dial a nurse program, none of this plan is eligible for federal matching funds.
A different plan being proposed by Doctor Hensley, a fellow state representative from Hohenwald, covers a smaller number of enrollees, 60,000-but this group is comprised of much sicker people, with permanent or chronic problems, or older and permanently disabled type individuals.
This pool is uninsurable (no one will sell them insurance at any price). This is different than being uninsured as the above group. Many of these enrollees are currently paying premiums to the state now, and will continue to pay if left on the program. To cover this group would be much more expensive to the state, but with this plan we continue to receive federal matching funds (therefore the cost is the same.)
We are currently down to one plan or the other, and the budget waits for one or the other to be chosen. I know I did not give enough details about either plan-both have many more details as well as pros and cons. I have seen little from the Governor concerning any real reform. I have seen a lot of political strategizing.
I trust the doctor and the amendment he has put forward. I support Doctor Hensley's plan. I feel strongly he has carefully studied what is best for both the enrollees and the taxpayers.