PRESS RELEASE

211 7th Avenue N, Ste. 100

Nashville, TN 37219

Phone: (615) 255-0331 Fax: (615) 255-0354

website:  www.tnjustice.org

March 23, 2021

In response to Lt. Gov. McNally’s statement that he will consider Medicaid expansion in light of additional funding provided by the American Rescue Plan Act, Michele Johnson, Executive Director of the Tennessee Justice Center, said the following:

“We are grateful to hear that Lt. Gov. McNally is going to take a serious look at accepting federal money included in the American Rescue Plan Act for a health coverage expansion in Tennessee. He joins other leaders in non-expansion states who understand ​that it would be unwise not to consider accepting billions of dollars ​from the federal government that would cover ​300,000 Tennesseans, shore up rural economies, and keep healthcare providers in business. This expansion will have a real impact on the health and economic wellbeing of Tennesseans. We’re glad to see ​Lt. Gov. McNally is upholding his responsibility to put people over politics.”