NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal officials are seeking thepublic’s input on Tennessee’s revised plan requesting to become the first stateto receive funding in a lump sum for its Medicaid program, TennCare.
Block grant proposal comments can be submitted online through Dec. 27 with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
After an initial public comment period, Republican Gov. BillLee’s administration made changes to address concerns that the plan couldcompromise care for Tennessee’s most vulnerable low-income and disabledcitizens.
Michele Johnson of the Tennessee Justice Center remainsunconvinced the changes safeguard patients from cuts.
Federal officials are reviewing the $7.9 billion plan, whichdangles the possibility of covering more people with potential savings.
If the parties negotiate a waiver agreement, state lawmakersget a vote. Legal challenges likely will follow.