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Pallone and Wyden Urge Inspector General to Vigorously Scrutinize Tennessee's Illegal Medicaid Block Grant Request
"This creates a financial incentive for the state to under-invest in health care for its Medicaid population, while simultaneously allowing the state to repurpose federal Medicaid funds for non-Medicaid purposes with no apparent federal oversight or accountability," Pallone and Wyden continued.
In their letter, the Democratic Committee leaders note that such an arrangement would violate existing statute and that CMS does not have the legal authority to approve such a waiver request. However, if the
"We strongly encourage you to exercise vigorous oversight of this and other Medicaid waiver requests that if approved would provide states vast sums of federal dollars with no accountability," Pallone and Wyden continued. "We also request a briefing for our staffs on your current work plan to oversee state 1115 waivers for program integrity vulnerabilities."