Jan 8 2021
04:02 pm

Tennessee Medicaid Block Grant Waiver Amendment Approved by Federal Government

Tennessee is the first state in the nation to be granted approval for this type of block grant arrangement, which will result in an innovative, alternative financing arrangement for its Medicaid program and provide additional flexibilities relative to its administration.

"Today’s agreement represents a continuation of Tennessee’s commitment to innovate, lead and improve,” said Governor Bill Lee. “We have sought to fundamentally change an outdated and ineffective Medicaid financing system that incentivizes states to spend more taxpayer dollars rather than rewarding states for value, quality and efficiency."

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What is it they say about

What is it they say about giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys?

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Trump’s admin continues to

Trump’s admin continues to hurt the nation.

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Biden's admin may withdraw

Biden's admin may withdraw the approval.

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State Democratic legislators

State Democratic legislators are urging President Joe Biden to rescind the Medicaid Block Grant Waiver that the Trump administration granted Tennessee earlier in January.
"Democrats behind the letter argue that Governor and Republican leadership in the state have proven to be, “Unable to handle the responsibility of being given more control over federal dollars.”

The letter claims the program will end up costing taxpayers hefty legal fees and the end result will likely be that a court will overturn it..."

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Biden wants to strengthen Medicaid, but Trump left major hurdles

"Everybody is born, everybody dies, and most people get sick in between," Kinsell said. "For one of the richest countries in the world, one of the most medically advanced, to just be leaving out 10 to 20 percent of their population from participating in that service is just wrong. It's immoral and not sustainable. It hurts the entire system."

Biden wants to strengthen Medicaid, but Trump left major hurdles for him

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Advocates sue to stop

Advocates sue to stop Tennessee Medicaid block grant program

"According to the federal lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the Tennessee Justice Center — who is representing the recipients — claims the federal government under then-President Donald Trump exceeded its authority in approving the proposal. The complaint also argues Trump’s administration failed to provide enough time for the public to provide their feedback on the plan.

“Tennessee has a long history of mismanagement and bad Medicaid policy. Tennessee is the last state that should have an experimental waiver that puts vulnerable populations at risk,” said Michelle Johnson, executive director of the organization that regularly represents the state’s Medicaid recipients."

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