The state commerce and insurance commissioner was in town Tuesday to talk to Tennesseans about what health conditions they would like to see covered under the Affordable Care Act.
The state gets to pick which of 10 benchmarks designated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will serve as a reference, but each state ultimately picks which benefits will be included in plans starting in 2014.
"When you talk about the benefits that have the most impact for Tennesseans, we wanted to hear from Tennesseans across the state," said commissioner Julie Mix McPeak.
"Whatever base plan we choose in the state will have to have a set of essential health benefits. We are either going to move forward from that as to how much it's going to cost, or back into it, depending on how much we want to spend, so it's a critical decision," said Tennessee resident John Neff.
There are two more meetings scheduled across the state, one in Cleveland, Tennessee, and the last one in Madison.
If you would like to add a comment for the commissioner to take into account, you can find their contact info on their website.