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Medicaid Block Grant Plan Gets Tennessee Governor’s Signature

May 24, 2019, 7:17 PM

Tennessee’s Medicaid program will seek to be the first in the U.S. to get its federal funding as a block grant, under legislation Gov. Bill Lee (R) signed May 24.

H.B. 1280 calls for Lee’s administration to ask the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to approve the plan within six months.

The CMS hasn’t yet approved an outright block grant for any state’s Medicaid funding, but the Trump administration has voiced support for the idea as a way to slow the growth in Medicaid spending.

A block-grant model would give the state more flexibility to decide how it spends...

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