Ten­nessee House OKs Med­i­caid work re­quire­ments push

Modern Healthcare - - Regional News -

The Repub­li­can-led Ten­nessee House passed leg­is­la­tion aim­ing to re­quire cer­tain able-bod­ied Ten­nCare re­cip­i­ents to spend 20 hours a week work­ing, vol­un­teer­ing or at­tend­ing school.

The House’s fa­vor­able vote came hours af­ter Repub­li­can Gov. Bill Haslam said he would sign the leg­is­la­tion, which needs Se­nate ap­proval. Par­ents and care­tak­ers of chil­dren age 6 or older would be af­fected by the change to the state’s Med­i­caid pro­gram.

House Demo­cratic Cau­cus Chair­man Mike Ste­wart crit­i­cized the bill, say­ing it would make it harder for poor moth­ers to ac­cess health­care. Fel­low Repub­li­can spon­sor Rep. Dan How­ell said all they’re do­ing is re­quest­ing a waiver.

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