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Tennessee Senate passes bill requiring work for TennCare recipients

Jordan Buie, The Tennessean • Apr 19, 2018 at 12:36 PM

The Senate on Thursday passed a measure that proposes work requirements for recipients of TennCare, the state's Medicaid program.

The bill, which calls for work requirements for "able-bodied" TennCare recipients without young children, passed 23-2, after it was overwhelmingly approved by the House earlier this year.

The passage of the measure marks the completion of one of the more controversial debates during this legislative session. With no amendments added in the Senate, the measure advances to the desk of Gov. Bill Haslam, who said he supports the bill.

The proposal, sponsored by House Speaker Beth Harwell, R-Nashville, directs the state Department of Finance and Administration to seek a federal waiver to impose work requirements for able-bodied, working-age TennCare recipients without dependent children under 6 years old. More about the bill from our partners at The Tennessean.

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