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In response to the Tennessee General Assembly’s authorization of the Medicaid block grant waiver, Michele Johnson, Executive Director of the Tennessee Justice Center, said:

It is tragic that, in the middle of a deadly pandemic, our legislators have rushed to adopt this crass political gimmick. It distracts from their continued refusal to let 300,000 working Tennesseans receive the federally funded health coverage that former Governor Haslam’s plan would provide. Not a single other states has sought a block grant, and the nation’s most respected patient advocacy organizations all oppose it. The block grant puts at risk the health of the 1.4 million Tennesseans, including half of our children and two-thirds of our nursing home residents, who rely on TennCare. This is a dark moment for our state.


Michele Johnson

Executive Director

(615) 417-1492                                                                                                                                                            

Please reach out if you have additional questions about the specifics of the waiver.