Tennessee Poised to be First State to Request Medicaid Block Grant - Articles

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Posted by: Jarod Word on May 6, 2019

Tennessee is on track to be the first state to request its Medicaid funding be provided in a lump sum payment, Politico reports. This comes after the Tennessee House passed legislation — HB1280/SB1428 — that directs the governor, through the commissioner of finance and administration, to request the block grant funding from the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services, with the appropriations indexed for inflation and population growth. The proposal faces an uphill battle, as U.S. Congressional Democrats have vowed opposition to such measures and the Trump administration is still trying to determine if it can legally provide states with this option.