Bailey and Hill propose Medicaid Block Grant legislation
By Kim Swindell Wood | February 8, 2019 7:21 am
Senate Commerce and Labor Committee Chairman Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) and House Commerce Committee Chairman Timothy Hill (R-Blountville) have introduced legislation calling for state officials to submit a block grant waiver amendment to the Federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The lawmakers hope to bring Tennessee’s financial success story to the state’s TennCare program. Senate Bill 1428 / House Bill 1280 was filed Feb. 6 in the House of Representatives and Feb. 7 in the Senate ahead of the General Assembly’s bill deadline.
“Tennessee is one of the best financially managed states in the nation,” said Senator Bailey. “A block grant would give us the regulatory flexibility to design an innovative plan that works best for our citizens, instead of a one-size-fits-all plan from D.C. Flexibility will help cut costs and be more efficient with existing Medicaid dollars. These cost savings will allow us to invest in better quality care for our citizens.”