✦ Tennessee this month passed a bill that would make it the first state to seek approval from the Trump administration for a Medicaid block grant. Gov. Bill Lee (R) at press time planned to sign the bill, which was passed by the state legislature on May 2 and authorizes Lee to craft and submit for CMS approval a formal amendment to the state’s existing TennCare II waiver (or submit a new waiver) with funding via a block grant “that is tailored to meet the needs of this state and that is indexed for inflation and population growth.” HHS Sec. Alex Azar indicated during testimony before the Senate Finance Committee that CMS has communicated with several states about their interest in testing block grants or per capita caps via Medicaid waivers, through which states would receive a fixed allotment of federal funds as opposed to one based on a percentage match. View a summary of the bill at https://bit.ly/2WH5DFD.
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