Senate approves bill to start long-term care changes in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal to start the state down the path of being able to offer more home and community-based care in Tennessee has passed the Senate.

The Senate voted 32-0 to pass the administration bill carried by Sen. Lowe Finney, a Jackson Democrat.

TennCare, the state expanded Medicaid program, currently spends almost all of its annual $1.2 billion long-term care budget on nursing homes.

The legislation would begin the process of directing about half of those funds toward home-based care over the next decade. It also seeks to simplify the process for determining eligibility and for enrolling in home-based care programs.

The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the House Finance committee.

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