Tennessee Senate approves TennCare block grant authorization

A TennCare block grant authorization passed the state Senate on Thursday afternoon, putting Tennessee a step closer to becoming the first state in the nation to receive federal Medicaid funding in a lump sum.

Authorization would offer state officials more autonomy on administering the program and a potential for savings, state officials said.

Barreling through the Tennessee Legislature at a rapid pace, the proposal passed four House committees and the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee on Thursday before moving to the Senate floor.

Senators approved the block grant authorization on a
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