Tennessee lawmakers still reviewing CBO report on Senate health care bill


June 27, 2017 — While Democrats and other critics used the Congressional Budget Office’s analysis of U.S. Senate Republicans’ health care bill to assail the legislation and exert pressure on GOP lawmakers, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., late Monday afternoon called the report “helpful information for every senator to consider.”

In Tennessee, the nonpartisan Sycamore Institute looked at the implications of the House bill on the state. It noted the House plan’s caps on Medicaid — the Senate GOP plan goes further — “would likely increase pressure on Tennessee’s state budget, which could disproportionately affect rural areas and enrollees with disabilities.”

Over a 10-year period, TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program, which now covers an estimated 1.5 million low-income mothers and their children as well the disabled and the elderly poor, could lose as much as $3.2 billion, according to the Sycamore Institute analysis.

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