The TennCare block grant proposal could hurt seniors. We’re not talking about it.

TennCare provides over 60% of nursing home care in Tennessee. The rising number of seniors and the high cost of long-term care means nursing home residents will be hit particularly hard by the block grant proposal’s cuts.

We are leaving out an entire category of our citizens in the discussion about Medicaid block grants—our seniors and, even if we are currently younger than 65, ourselves as future seniors.

In Tennessee, we who are 65 and older account for 16% of the total population.  That number is growing. You may have seen that 10,000 baby boomers a day are turning 65.

About 5% of the people enrolled in TennCare are seniors, and TennCare provides 62% of the nursing home coverage in our state.

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