Those weighing the trade-offs of adding a work requirement to TennCare may look for insights in Tennesee’s experience with the welfare-to-work policies of Families First.
The Graham-Cassidy bill gives Tennessee 3 things: more money for health coverage, more control over health insurance, and 18 months to sort out the details.
Medicaid work requirements are most likely to affect non-elderly adults without disabilities. Let's look at what that could mean in Tennessee.
TennCare long-term services and supports help elderly or disabled low-income Tennesseans with daily tasks like eating, bathing, and taking medication.
Can anyone with income below a certain threshold enroll in Medicaid? That's true in some states, but Medicaid eligibility in Tennessee is more complicated.
If Congress' health care bill stalls, Tennessee has several options options that might help reduce premium growth and stabilize the individual market.
TennCare per enrollee spending has usually grown faster than general inflation, closer to medical inflation & slower than medical inflation +1% since 2006.
The AHCA's key trade-offs could have a significant impact on 1.5 million rural Tennesseans and 150,000 Tennesseans with disabilities covered by TennCare.
Key Concepts and Context to Know
TennCare is the name for Medicaid in Tennessee. TennCare is the state budget's largest department, but the federal government pays two-thirds of the cost.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) could affect coverage for 1 in 3 Tennesseans and give state lawmakers more control over health insurance.