- Associated Press - Monday, December 15, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam has called a news conference at the state Capitol on Monday.

The subject of the news conference wasn’t divulged, but the Republican governor has said he will make a decision on expanding Medicaid in Tennessee by the end of the year.

Haslam has been in discussions with federal officials for months.

Health care advocates have heavily criticized Haslam for refusing last year to agree to $1.4 billion in federal funds to cover about 180,000 uninsured Tennesseans under the terms the money was offered. Nine other Republican governors have agreed to expanded Medicaid, and at least three more are in discussions with federal officials.

A Vanderbilt poll released earlier this month said 56 percent supported expanding Medicaid for low-income Tennesseans.

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