Bailey and Hill propose Medicaid Block Grant legislation

By | February 8, 2019 7:21 am

State Senator Paul Bailey, of White County

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.”

comments » 3

  1. Comment by DAVID PALK

    February 9, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    why would you hit the lower class so hard

  2. Comment by Donald Holman

    February 10, 2019 at 1:05 pm

    Block grants should be used for MANY of the things now funded and directed from Washington D.C. There is no way bureaucrats in D.C. can know as well as the politicians that run our local government. Having said that, it is up to the state government to prove they know what is best for the state by getting a lot of healthcare for the federal moneys invested. This is the way this country was supposed to be run originally. A weak central government with spending decisions made by those closest to the voters. Let’s hope we can both get the block grant, and motivate the politicians in Nashville to maximize the use of our money.

  3. Comment by Paul

    February 11, 2019 at 7:23 am

    I support Paul Bailey on this 1428 a one size fits all from the Federal Government does not and will never work!

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