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TN First State to Submit Medicaid Block Grant Proposal

Tennessee has become the first state to submit a Medicaid block grant proposal to federal officials.
If approved, the proposal would allow the state to make changes to its Medicaid program, known as TennCare.
Michele Johnson, executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center, says a block grant would allow Gov. Bill Lee to take federal money, without the accountability.
Proponents of block grants say they would shrink the federal price tag for paying for health care.
Johnson says the federal government will decide on whether or not to approve the state’s request for a Medicaid block grant early next year. She also notes the proposal is open for public comment until Dec. 27.
The public can log onto the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to submit comments at https://public.medicaid.gov/connect.ti/public.comments/answerQuestionnaire?qid=1903395

*Photo: Nearly 1.6 million people in Tennessee rely on Medicaid for health coverage, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. (Adobe Stock)

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,445 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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