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For Immediate Release                                                                                                                                                                        

Contact: Michele Johnson

Executive Director

(615) 417-1492                                                                                                                                                            

Michele Johnson, Executive Director of the Tennessee Justice Center, released the following statement in response to the announcement of Gov. Lee appointing the Healthcare Modernization Task Force:

We worry that the dangerous TennCare block grant could prevent the Task Force from effectively addressing the serious issues that worry Tennesseans. Those include rising numbers of uninsured children, rural hospital closings, the addiction crisis and the threat to coverage for Tennesseans with pre-existing conditions. By pushing the block grant before getting recommendations from the Task Force, the state has things backwards. It’s like saying, “Fire! Ready, aim.”