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VOL. 39 | NO. 13 | Friday, March 27, 2015

Coalition to hold rally today in support of Insure Tennessee

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NASHVILLE (AP) — A coalition supporting Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's proposal to extend health coverage to 280,000 low-income Tennesseans is planning a rally at the state Capitol today.

The group is comprised of clergy, students and community groups.

Haslam's original Insure Tennessee proposal failed in a special legislative session last month, but has been revived by a Democratic lawmaker in the Senate.

The resolution sponsored by freshman Sen. Jeff Yarbro of Nashville was approved by the Senate Health Committee on a 6-2 vote last week, but faces tough prospects at its next stop in the Senate Commerce Committee.

Haslam recently told reporters that he's willing to risk a second defeat of his proposal to highlight the need for improving health standards in the state.

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