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Thursday, March 14, 2019

TennCare funding
Gov. Bill Lee says he's interested in exploring whether turning federal funding for TennCare into a "block grant" will be better for Tennesseans, but not if it "won't be a good deal." The Republican governor told reporters Wednesday that his "greatest concern" is addressing soaring costs of health care generally. "That's what I want to work on. So I'll be working with the federal government to look at opportunities so there's more access to quality health care for everyone." Asked about President Donald Trump's budget proposal to cut $1.5 trillion over the next decade in the federal Medicaid program, operated in Tennessee as TennCare, Lee said "if a block grant were such that we can tap it and provide more access, more coverage, more opportunities for folks to have access to coverage, then we'll do it. "If not, then it won't be a good deal for Tennesseans," Lee said. "I'll be pursuing multiple opportunities, but only if they're good for us." Lee's fellow Republicans in the Tennessee Legislature, however, are already pushing legislation to waive federal Medicaid rules and convert the $7.54 billion federal share of the state's total $12.09 billion TennCare program into a block grant. Currently, Tennessee is losing $3.8 million every day that could be used to provide medical insurance to 280,000 low income working Tennesseans.

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Monday, March 25, 2019

  • Fatal crash investigation continuing
  • Counterfeit currency, meth and heroin seized
  • Flooding assistance requested
  • DCS reviewing its pass policy
  • Search for identity of body continues
  • Search for identity of body continues

    Saturday, March 23, 2019

  • Herr Arrest
  • Jefferson County guilty pleas
  • Flooding leaves major damage
  • Governor Lee asks for disaster assistance
  • New request for information related to body

    Friday, March 22, 2019

  • Greene crash
  • Jobless rate sets record
  • Rain means lower electric bills
  • Ingle arrest
  • Bankruptcy may impact opioid lawsuits
  • Animal cruelty
  • National Nutrition Month
  • Douglas Lake body update

    Thursday, March 21, 2019

  • Ellison vindicated
  • Grassy Fork Elementary School is honored
  • Gardner sentenced to 12 years
  • TennCare blockgrants
  • TennCare blockgrants

    Wednesday, March 20, 2019

  • Cocke schools absenteeism
  • New Cave Church Road collision
  • Animals at large
  • Litter charge
  • Douglas arrest
  • Fish advisory
  • Fish advisory

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