TennCare work requirements would cost taxpayers nearly $19 million each year, experts say

The Tennessean

By: Anita Wadhwani

Requiring people to work in order to keep government health insurance will hit low-income Tennessee parents, caregivers and children especially hard and cost the state more money than it saves, a panel of experts said Tuesday.

Joan Alker, executive director of Georgetown Center for Children and Families, said the work requirements would be especially harsh for Tennessee parents and children. Some 77 percent of TennCare recipients subject to the new work requirements are mothers, she said. The federal government does not require states to offer childcare or transportation assistance to help these mothers fulfill the requirement, she said.

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