Tennessee House OKs Medicaid work requirements push
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.