Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-01-14 18:07:00 –
Nashville, Tennessee (WSMV)-The Medicaid program in Tennessee is subject to change soon, but state legislators must first give a green light.
Last week, the federal government approved an amendment to the Medicaid Block grant exemption in Tennessee. It will be the first state to acquire Medicaid funding in bulk.
The Tennessee Parliament is considering a joint resolution on the TennCare exemption.
It will approve and implement what the federal government has already approved, but there are many unknowns that accompany the plan.
News4 talked to people who are worried about caring for their loved ones.
“I think we need to stop before we can do any harm,” said Tina Claxton, whose daughter is insured by Tenn Care.
Craxton’s daughter, Abigail, was born with a rare metabolic accumulation called Harler’s Syndrome.
The 25-year-old is insured through Tenn Care. Her mom said it was important to report on it.
“It’s her life. That’s her life,” Claxton said. “At this point in the ball game, there is no coverage of TennCare and there is currently no wide range of medicines available for her, so it keeps her alive.”
More than a year ago, Governor Bill Lee submitted a Medicaid block grant proposal to the federal government. Approved last week.
Supporters said it would allow some flexibility.
“We are not limited to a certain amount of money forever from here,” said Congressman Cameron Sexton of R-Crossville. “We believe it is very beneficial to promote healthy outcomes for both Tennessees and TennCare.”
Critics like US Congressman Jim Cooper will ask the next Biden administration to revoke the exemption.
“This is a way for Tennessee officials to short-change Medicaid recipients. It offers the potential for savings from unspecified sources, and the saved money can be used for non-medical purposes. “D-TN, Cooper on behalf of Davidson County, said.
For a mother like Cluxton, she’s worried about what that means for her daughter and others in Tennessee.
“My concern is that we are not focusing on the health of the people in the state. We are focusing on a piece of paper that says we can get X dollars, and this is It’s going to happen, “Cracston said.
The resolution will be considered on the floor as early as Friday. If approved, it will take effect immediately.
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