HB1280/SB1428 – Applies for a TNCare block grant in order to self-administer healthcare in Tennessee. T. Hill/Bailey
This bill directs the governor, acting through the commissioner of finance and administration, to submit to the federal centers for medicare and medicaid services a waiver amendment to the existing TennCare II waiver, or to submit a new waiver, in order to provide medical assistance to the TennCare II waiver population by means of a block grant within 120 days after the date that this bill becomes a law. The block grant authorized by this bill must convert the federal share of all medical assistance funding for this state into an allotment that is tailored to meet the needs of this state and that is indexed for inflation and population growth.
See website for applicable amendments. http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=HB1280
Favor: The 10th Amendment grants state sovereignty. Nowhere in the constitution is there provision for the federal government to be involved with health care. Government run healthcare is an unmitigated disaster everywhere it is applied.
Money allocated for assistance with healthcare should remain or be returned to the states for their own management of this matter. With 50 laboratories, best practices will emerge for other states to follow, …or not.
TLRC Observed Process
The bill passed with only partisan opposition in both chambers.