Tennessee lawmakers poised to OK Medicaid block grant push


Tennessee state capitol in Nashville (Photo: WREG)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s GOP-dominant Legislature is expected to approve a contentious plan for a drastic overhaul of the state’s Medicaid program.

On Friday, the House is expected to follow the Senate’s vote in hopes of making it difficult for the incoming President-elect Joe Biden’s administration to overturn the deal.

The plan would make Tennessee the first state to receive funding in a lump sum for its Medicaid program through a block grant.

Tennessee received approval under President Donald Trump’s administration last week. Biden has opposed block-grant efforts and can rescind the change.

This week’s votes are required under the 2019 law passed by the General Assembly.

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