Block Grants Will Not Help the 300,000 Tennesseans in Need of Health Coverage

In response to Governor Bill Lee’s release of his Medicaid block grant proposal, State Director of the Southern Christian Coalition Lenda Sherrell released the following statement:

“The implementation of Gov. Lee’s block grant proposal would further devastate families and children, especially as the number of uninsured Tennesseans rises. Block grants do not expand coverage to more Tennesseans who rely on Medicaid for services. Jesus healed the sick and turned away no one (Matthew 4:23-24). If we are to walk in His footsteps and follow his example, then we must expand health care to more Tennesseans, not less. It remains a grave injustice that Gov. Lee will not expand Medicaid and provide coverage to 300,000 Tennesseans living without health insurance. We ask Gov. Lee to end this injustice by stopping his block grant proposal and advocating for Medicaid expansion instead.”