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Tennessee unveils plan to convert Medicaid into block grant

Tennessee unveils plan to convert Medicaid into block grant
Wednesday 18
3:50 2019

Tennessee unveiled a plan on Tuesday to convert Medicaid into a block grant — an idea long supported by conservatives that would rupture the federal government’s half-century-old compact with states for safety-net insurance for the poor. Tennessee is setting up the nation’s first test case of how far the Trump administration is willing to go to allow a state the “flexibility” that has become a watchword of the administration’s health-care policies. If TennCare, as that state calls its Medicaid program, wins federal approval for its plan, it could embolden other Republican-led states to follow suit. It also almost certainly would ...

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Summary: Conservatives since the Reagan administration have been pushing for block grants, which would give states lump sums of money while freeing them from many of the rules for the health insurance program for the poor.

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