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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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Friday, May 17, 2019

  • Partnership update
  • Cocke Circuit Court pleas
  • Ealy looses her RN license
  • April employment numbers
  • Johnson execution

    Thursday, May 16, 2019

  • Cocke Finance Committee
  • Casada saga continues
  • Roberts arrest
  • Ownby arrest

    Wednesday, May 15, 2019

  • Newport City Council approves new budget
  • Dykes named Big Red coach
  • Tennessee crime stats
  • Memorial Day travel

    Tuesday, May 14, 2019

  • Cocke Finance Committee
  • Appalachian Trail killing
  • Kidnapping arrest
  • Gasoline prices move lower

    Friday, May 10, 2019

  • Cocke County rafting industry continues its growth
  • Cocke County Finance Committee
  • Shadow of the Smokies Trail

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