Replacing TennCare with Medicaid block grant could repeat past mistakes
TJC’s TAKEAWAY: The block grant proposal would make it easier for TennCare to violate federal protocol for Medicaid operators. This means less responsibility to help the most vulnerable Tennesseans.
Tennessee is working to become the first state to convert its Medicaid program into a block grant.
No Medicaid system is perfect, but TennCare has a record of promises made, and promises forgotten, resulting in vulnerable Tennesseans being kicked off TennCare.
I was recently reminded of this history at a public hearing about the block grant proposal.