Tennessee Leaders want certain Adults to Work to Keep TennCare

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Tennessee is seeking federal approval to require about 56,000 low-income adults to work, volunteer, or take classes - or risk losing their government-funded Medicaid health coverage, known as TennCare.

Tennessee is following the call of President Donald Trump, who wants to require able-bodied adults on Medicaid to work. The state has asked Trump's administration to approve a plan that would require TennCare recipients to average 20 hours of work a week for four months during six-month periods.

Violators could have their benefits suspended.

The requirement would not apply to pregnant women, elderly, disabled, one primary caregiver per household with a child younger than 6, caregivers for the medically frail, and other exemptions.

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