Medicaid block grant proposal puts state’s children, seniors at risk

TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program, covers half of Tennessee’s children. It also covers 65% of seniors in nursing homes.

Gov. Bill Lee’s response to widespread opposition to his administration’s Medicaid block grant proposal was this: “I do think that a lot of the folks that are concerned about this have been either misinformed or have not taken the time to really understand it, and there is legitimate concern about that.”

I have spent the last 25 years standing alongside Tennessee families as they fight to get health care so a child can have a full life or a beloved grandparent can live their final chapter with dignity. Conservatively, I have 50,000 hours of work on Medicaid statewide and nationally under my belt. My colleagues and I have studied the block grant proposal carefully.

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