Governor hopes to add people to TennCare with Medicaid block grant proposal

As TennCare sent the state’s Medicaid “modified” block grant proposal to the federal government Wednesday, Gov. Bill Lee said he is more “hopeful” about adding people to the program by bringing in extra federal dollars.

But critics continue to pound the state’s decision, saying it won’t help hundreds of thousands of people who need healthcare.

Indeed, Lee is careful to avoid saying it will catch some 300,000 working Tennesseans – most uninsured – caught in a gap between Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. In fact, he acknowledges he has no idea whether the state can add services or beneficiaries without knowing how much money the federal government might send here.

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