By Associated Press - Monday, November 10, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s continuing to talk with Washington to try to make a decision about Medicaid expansion in Tennessee before the legislative session starts in January.

Haslam told reporters on Monday following a veterans ceremony that he talked with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell last week and even brought up the subject when President Barack Obama called him Tuesday night to congratulate him on his election win.

Haslam has been heavily criticized 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.

Earlier Monday, a group of protesters gathered across from the state Capitol to urge the governor to expand Medicaid in Tennessee. A petition with more than 47,000 signatures was delivered to his office.

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