Report: 68,000 parents would lose TennCare if work requirements take effect

The Tennessean

January 31, 2019

By: Anita Wadhwani

As Tennessee officials move forward with a plan to require able-bodied adults to work, volunteer or go to school in order to keep state-funded health insurance, a new study finds that 68,000 could lose that benefit entirely as a result.

Georgetown University Health Policy Institute researchers based their findings on what happened in Arkansas, which became the first state to impose a work requirement on Medicaid recipients in August.

TennCare officials disputed the findings, saying their estimates show that only 56,000 people would be subject to the requirements, meaning fewer than that would lose their coverage.

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