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State hosting input meetings on Medicade block grant proposal


TENNESSEANS WILL SOON GET A CHANCE TO WEIGH IN ON A DRAMATIC HEALTHCARE PROPOSAL FROM GOVERNOR BILL LEE’S ADMINISTRATION. BO: THE FIRST DRAFT OF A PLAN AFFECTING POTENTIALLY 1- POINT-4 MILLION ENROLLEES IN THE STATE’S MEDICAID PROGRAM TENNCARE WAS RELEASED TODAY. NEW AT 5 – STATE CAPITOL REPORTER CHRIS BUNDGAARD TAKES A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PROPOSAL. CHRIS BUNDGAARD: A BILL PASSED THIS PAST SESSION DIRECTED THE GOVERNOR TO COME UP WITH PLAN FOR WHAT’S CALLED A TENNCARE BLOCK GRANT AFTER THE RIBBON CUTTING FOR A STORYTELLING PROJECT AT NASHVILLE’S CHEEKWOOD GARDENS, GOVERNOR BILL LEE SPOKE ABOUT THE FIRST DRAFT RELEASED TUESDAY OF GETTING FUNDS FOR THE STATE’S MEDICAID PROGRAM TENNCARE IN ONE LUMP SUM YEARLY FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT– INSTEAD OF A NEARLY TWO-TO- ONE MATCH SYSTEM THAT EVERY OTHER STATE USES. THE COVERAGE OF 1-POINT-4 MILLION TENNESSEANS IS AT STAKE ALONG WITH POTENTIAL SAVINGS FOR THE STATE BUDGET — S/BILL LEE/TENNESSEE GOVERNOR: 1152 THEY COULD BE A SMALL AMOUNT OR A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT AND ONCE WE DETERMINE WHAT THAT AMOUNT IS, THEN THAT WILL HELP US SET POLICY GOING FORWARD. — THREE MID- AFTERNOON TIMES IN THREE PARTS OF THE STATE HAVE BEEN PUT ASIDE FOR PUBLIC INPUT WITH LOCATIONS BEGINNING IN NASHVILLE ON OCTOBER FIRST, FOLLOWED BY KNOXVILLE OCTOBER 2ND AND JACKSON OCTOBER 3RD. THE PROPOSAL IS A FIRST OF ITS KIND NATIONWIDE. — 1252 WE BELIEVE WE HAVE PUT TOGETHER A REALLY GOOD PROPOSAL THAT’S GOING TO A WIN FOR TENNESSEE AND A WIN FOR THE COUNTRY IF WE GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEAD ON THIS — A GROUP ADVOCATING FOR TENNCARE ENROLEES DOESN’T SEE IT THAT WAY. — S/MICHELE JOHNSON/ TENNESSEE JUSTICE CENTER: 38 WHAT IT MEANS FOR THE ONE- POINT-FOUR MILLION TENNESSEANS THAT ARE ON TENNCARE IS THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE LESS FUNDS TO HAVE THEIR VITAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS MET. — MICHELLE JOHNSON WILL LIKELY BE ONE OF THE VOICES HEARD AT THOSE OCTOBER PUBLIC HEARINGS. — 229 IF IT THAT GREAT OF A DEAL, I JUST WONDER WHY NO OTHER GOVERNOR IS LINING UP TO TAKE ALL THIS MONEY. CHRIS BUNDGAARD: NO DOUBT THERE WILL BE A LOT OF DEBATE AND DISCUSSION AND DEBATE UP HERE OVER THIS BEFORE THE FINAL DRAFT OF THE TENNCARE BLOCK GRANTS PROPOSAL IS SUBMITTED TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT BY THE REQUIRED DEADLINE OF NOVEMBER 20TH. REPORTING FROM THE STATE CAPITOL, CHRIS BUNDGAARD KRISTIN: JUST LAST NIGHT – I SAT DOWN WITH OUR STATE HOUSE SPEAKER-SELECT CAMERON SEXTON – ON BLOCK GRANTS AND AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE… HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE ISSUE… THE TENNCARE BLOCK GRANT IS ONE OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE US MORE CONTROL WHERE MAYBE WE CAN PROVIDE MORE ADDITIONAL HEALTH COVERAGE OUT THERE OR ENHANCE SERVICES ALREADY AND HELP PROVIDERS. SO THAT’S ONE ANSWER TO THAT. WHAT WE HAVE IS A SYSTEM WHERE THE INSURANCE COMPANY DOMINATES EVERYTHING. THEY’RE THE ONES TELLING PROVIDERS WHAT TO DO. THEY’RE THE ONES MAKING IT SO COMPLICATED AND SO COMPLEX YOU CAN’T SHOP THE PRICE AND PEOPLE WANT ACCESSIBLE AFFORDABLE QUALITY HEALTH CARE. WE’RE ALL ON THE SAME PAGE. IT’S ABOUT HOW DO YOU GET TO THAT POINT. BUT PART OF IT IS YOU CAN’T HAVE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE IF YOU DON’T KNOW HOW MUCH SOMETHING COSTS. THAT’S FUNDAMENTAL TO ANY KIND OF FREE MARKET APPROACH. KRISTIN: SEXTON ALSO SHARED HIS PRIORITIES GOING FORWARD AS HE TAKES HIS SEAT AS STATE SPEAKER. PRIORITIES GOING FORWARD AS HE TAKES HIS SEAT AS STATE SPEAKER. MAKE SURE TO JOIN US THIS SUNDAY AT 12:30 – FOR TENNESSEE THIS WEEK. KRISTIN: STILL TO COME – A GROUP OF VETERANS FROM MIDDLE TENNESSEE – VISITING THE MONUMENTS BUILT IN THEIR HONOR TODAY. BO: A SPECIAL SURPRISE TRIBUTE – HONORING THEIR SERVICE -WHEN WE

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