Rep. Gloria Johnson will attend today’s meeting and will be available for comment.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (10/2/19):
REP. STEWART PREDICTS BLOCK GRANT MEETINGS WILL BE IGNORED BY GOVERNOR
NASHVILLE—Democratic Caucus Chairman Mike Stewart says he hopes Governor Bill Lee and his staff will pay attention to the needs of citizens who appear at his public hearings on his block grant proposal, but he is afraid their concerns will be ignored.
Yesterday, the Governor began holding town hall meetings in the state’s three grand divisions to hear feedback on his request that the Trump administration gives Tennessee a “lump sum” block grant and allow the state determine how it handles Medicaid payments without federal oversight. The Nashville Democrat says the plan is just another Republican “scheme” to deny health services to the neediest Tennesseans:
“The stated goal of this proposal to save the state millions in healthcare costs. Who do we think will be the first people to have their medical needs cut to save money? It’ll be those in nursing homes. It’ll be children and people with disabilities. It’ll be those least able to absorb the costs. Right now, these citizens are guaranteed health coverage; with Governor Lee’s plan, that guarantee disappears.”
Today’s meeting in Knoxville will be held in the Community Meeting room of the Burlington Branch of the Knox County Library, 4614 Asheville Highway at 2:30 p.m.