State House Passes TennCare Block Grant Plan

The Tennessee House of Representatives has voted in favor a controversial plan to radically restructure the financing of the state's TennCare program, the Tennessean reports. The bill, HB 1280/SB 1428, could make Tennessee the first and only state to fund its Medicaid program through an annual lump sum payment instead of funding that is tied to enrollment and state spending. Currently the state receives more than $7.5 billion annually from the federal government for the program. Gov. Bill Lee has signaled support for the measure, but in the Senate the bill's fate in unclear.
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