Lee hopeful feds will respond by summer to block grant plan

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Posted at 3:40 PM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 16:40:59-05

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — Republican Gov. Bill Lee says he's hopeful Tennessee will have a response by this summer from the federal government on a request to become the first state to receive funding in a lump sum for its Medicaid program.

Lee said Friday he believes a response will arrive in the summer because federal officials say they won't have an answer in the spring. Tennessee filed the $7.9 billion block grant proposal with federal officials in November.

However, state lawmakers would need to vote on the final product. Lee says if a response came early enough this year he would be open to calling a special legislative session to get legislative approval as soon as possible.