NASHVILLE, TENN. - UPDATE Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017:
Governor Bill Haslam testified before a senate committee Thursday on health care reform.
The testimony went over what changes could mean for East Tennessee.
"We are on a path where citizens simply won't have an option to purchase from the insurance marketplace or can't pay for the limited options that are available to them. Either way the system fails," Haslam said.
The governor argued that the uncertainty of health care in Tennessee could threaten the state's budget and citizens.
Only three insurance carriers in the state offer ACA-compliant coverage and citizens in more than 80 percent of counties only have one insurance option.
Haslam was one of five governors who testified Thursday. Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander chairs that committee.
ORIGINAL STORY Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017:
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam is traveling to Washington this week to testify in Congress.
Haslam is scheduled to appear before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee on Thursday. The panel is chaired by Lamar Alexander, Tennessee's senior senator.
The committee will also hear from state insurance commissioners, including Tennessee's Julie Mix McMeak on Wednesday.
Haslam told reporters recently that it will be the first time he will before Congress since his election as governor. He had testified previously when he was an executive with the family-owned truck stop chain now known as Pilot Flying J.
Joining Haslam at the governors hearing will be Charlie Baker of Massachusetts, Steve Bullock of Montana; Gary Herbert of Utah and John Hickenlooper of Colorado.
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