A: Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has informed the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that Tennessee will not create a state-run health insurance exchange. The state must inform the agency by Feb. 15 whether it will pursue a state-federal partnership or have the federal government be responsible for the whole program.
Q: What are the projected costs of the federal health care law in Tennessee?
A: TennCare projects the cost of the health care law will total $1.4 billion over five years beginning in 2014. Officials say that most of that cost is unavoidable, regardless of the makeup of the state insurance exchange or whether the Medicaid is expanded.