Thursday, October 03, 2019

Block grant meetings
Tennessee's plan to become the first state to receive Medicaid funding in a lump sum drew overwhelming opposition and no praise at its public hearings in Nashville and Knoxville this week. Currently the state is losing $3.8 million a day because it is refusing federal Medicaid funds. The $7.9 billion block grant proposal could compromise coverage and care for Tennessee's most vulnerable citizens. and some contended the plan would be illegal. Many called for Tennessee to expand Medicaid instead. Earlier this week Governor Bill Lee, told reporters that he is not concerned about the plan's legality, adding that President Donald Trump's administration is supportive of states putting forth proposals. He contended current beneficiaries won't risk losing benefits or being taken off eligibility rolls. He also said the plan is an opportunity for "providing more services to the TennCare population and potentially providing more access to people to those services." But Shannon Baker of the American Lung Association's state chapter told the group ,"As the gap between the block grant and actual cost of patient care increases over time, Tennessee would be forced to limit new enrollment, reduce benefits, lower provider payments, or increase cost sharing for patients," Baker said. Democratic U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper argued the plan would further damage health and help close more hospitals, a trend that has been hitting rural Tennessee. He said Tennessee should instead expand Medicaid under former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.


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