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Thursday, March 21, 2019

TennCare blockgrants
One day after 30 organizations signed a letter opposing a Republican proposal to pursue Medicaid funding through a block grant, a House finance committee quickly approved the measure on Wednesday. The bill requires Gov. Bill Lee to meet with federal officials to request a block grant for TennCare, the state's Medicaid program. The day before, more than two dozen organizations, including the YWCA, the Council on Aging and the United Ways of Tennessee, signed onto a letter criticizing the legislation. "Our organizations are deeply concerned by proposals to use the Medicaid waiver process to make changes that would adversely impact individuals," the letter says. The groups said obtaining a block grant could lead to the elimination of federal consumer protections, threaten the health care coverage of Tennesseans and remove financial security safeguards. The groups say a waiver would radically alter TennCare and potentially endanger the public. Supporters of the proposal say block grants would provide greater flexibility to determine how the state can spend federal money allocated for health insurance. Opponents warn the proposal could lead to less funding for the state, pointing to President Donald Trump's latest proposal to cut Medicaid spending by $1.5 trillion over a 10-year period.

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Friday, April 26, 2019

  • Newport Planning Commission
  • Cocke County Planning Commission
  • Unfounded Jefferson school threat
  • House members "bribed" for votes
  • March jobless numbers
  • Senate voucher bill
  • Household hazardous waste
  • Cruise Against Cancer
  • Drug take back

    Thursday, April 25, 2019

  • Martin sentence
  • Jefferson County pipe bomb
  • Wilson indictment
  • Jenkins arrest
  • Hooper portrait unveiling
  • Cocke County art contest winners

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019

  • House approves voucher bill
  • Newport City Council special meeting
  • Newport Utilities
  • Drug take-back

    Tuesday, April 23, 2019

  • Six injured in crash
  • Cocke Finance Committee
  • Cocke County grand jury
  • Legislative action

    Monday, April 22, 2019

  • Cocke County flooding
  • Tennessee jobs
  • NFL draft coming to Nashville
  • Earth Day
  • Sturgein release

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