Rep. Howell is invited to WH meet on Medicaid, TennCare

By  BRIAN GRAVES

Posted 3/2/18

State Rep. Dan Howell (R-Georgetown) has been invited to a meeting at the White House regarding Medicaid and TennCare work requirements.

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Rep. Howell is invited to WH meet on Medicaid, TennCare

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State Rep. Dan Howell (R-Georgetown) has been invited to a conference at the White House regarding Medicaid and TennCare work requirements.

Howell, along with state Sen. Kerry Roberts (R-Stingfield), are the sponsors of HB 1551 in the state Legislature that would require TennCare to ask the Trump administration for a waiver that would allow TennCare to make work requirements a condition for certain TennCare enrollees.

“The bill speaks specifically to able-bodied working age adults as defined by Medicaid without children under age 6, because 6 and under will not be in school,” Howell said.

The bill has passed the state House’s Health Subcommttee and full committee and is now being considered by the Finance Committee.

“HB 1551, if passed, would require able-bodied TennCare enrollees to work 20 hours a week, or volunteer with an approved organization 20 hours a week, or attend school 20 hours a week,” Howell noted. “Of course, attending a TCAT school for 20 hours a week to learn a trade would in many cases be paid for through the Tennessee Reconnect education program.”

The Foundation for Government Accountability, a policy organization which is consulting with White House officials regarding Medicaid reform, is hosting the Washington, D.C., trip. This includes Brian Blasé, special assistant to the president for healthcare policy.

“I am excited to be included in a select small group of state legislators who are supporting Medicaid work requirements in their states,” Howell said. “It is a great opportunity to talk with federal officials who are overseeing these efforts in Washington."

The two-day trip will end with meetings at the White House on Friday, March 9.

 "The goal of this legislation is not to see how many people we can remove from TennCare, but to assist people in becoming self-sufficient productive citizens,” Howell said. “It would not impact those enrollees with physical, medical or mental conditions.”

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