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Inside Politics: How A Block Grant Will Impact Tennessee?

Posted at 8:51 AM, Oct 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-23 09:52:00-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — TennCare is a long -standing state program that provides health care coverage for more than 1.4 million children and low -income individuals in Tennessee. It dates back to the early 1990s and the administration of the late Governor Ned McWherter. The program has often been controversial usually due to rising costs that in turn have caused cutbacks in service and cutbacks on who is covered in the program. Now the Super Majority of Republicans in the General Assembly along with Governor Bill Lee are seeking to change TennCare into a block grant program from the federal government. What will that mean and is it a good public policy concept? Our guest this week on INSIDE POLITICS ought to be able to give some perspective. She is Dr. Melinda Buntin the Mike Curb Professor of Health Care Policy and chair of the Department of Health Policy at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Watch us! We hope we can offer a primer on how to understand this rather complex proposed health change, what the change would mean, and the pros and cons of what is being proposed.