Advocates for Families in Need


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Nashville, TN 37219

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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 release of Tennessee’s Medicaid block grant draft proposal:

TennCare has a troubling track record when it comes to covering kids, and now it wants to make them guinea pigs in a risky experiment that no other state has been reckless enough to try. Half of Tennessee children, including those who are most vulnerable, rely on TennCare for essential health care.  We were just in the news for cutting off over 200,000 kids, and the state still doesn’t know whether they were eligible or not.

What is most distressing is that this proposal is all about the state using kids’ health care as a piggy bank. State officials should listen to the many respected national patient advocacy groups that warn that such proposals put patients’ health and safety at risk.


The Tennessee Justice Center (TJC) is a non-profit public interest law and advocacy firm serving families in Tennessee. It gives priority to policy issues and civil cases in which the most basic necessities of life are at stake and where advocacy can benefit needy families statewide. TJC works to empower its clients by holding government accountable for its policies and actions.

TJC was established in 1996 and is located at 211 Seventh Avenue, North, Nashville, TN. For additional information about the Tennessee Justice Center and its services, call 615-255-0331.