Congressman Cohen Writes to President-Elect Biden to Express Concern about TennCare Block Grant

January 14, 2021
Press Release
Says removal of accountability and oversight would be a mistake

MEMPHIS – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) has written to President-Elect Joe Biden to express his concern over the Trump Administration’s misguided decision to allow Tennessee to fund its Medicaid program, known as TennCare, through a block grant. In his letter, Congressman Cohen asks that the new Biden Administration reverse the decision to prevent unnecessary hardship for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents.

Congressman Cohen has been a harsh critic of Governor Bill Lee’s efforts to block grant TennCare and has written state and federal officials in advance of the Trump Administration decision seeking to prevent its implementation.

The letter reads in part:

“The Lee Administration has repeatedly failed to be competent stewards or good faith actors with the federal funding they already receive, and current CMS Administrator Seema Verma referred to this approval as an ‘experiment.’ To experiment with people’s lives and health care during a public health crisis, national recession and an unprecedented challenge to reopen our economy safely is unconscionable. To allow a state to direct these programs with no accountability or oversight is unacceptable.”

See the entire letter here.

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