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Wed Oct 16, 2019, 05:08 AM

Memphis audience angry, anxious about Medicaid block grant proposal

Dozens of people spoke against the proposed $7.85 billion Medicaid block grant amendment Tuesday, Oct. 15, during a hastily-scheduled public hearing at the University of Memphis. And nearly a hundred others clapped and cheered at their outrage and frustration.

“This is clear, people will die if this proposal goes into effect, and they will be our poorest, oldest, most vulnerable neighbors,” said Rachel Ledbetter, a third-year law student in Memphis who spoke candidly that the state should be expanding Medicaid plans just as 36 other states have done instead of looking for ways to save money.

“This plan gives the state authority to cut services as they please without any accountability,” she said.

“If you value the lives of Tennesseans and access to health care, then expand Medicaid in our state.”

Read more: https://dailymemphian.com/section/businesshealthcare/article/8186/memphis-audience-angry-anxious-about-medicaid

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