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Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) wants the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) to disclose the impact of what she calls “President Joe Biden’s federal overreach on state Medicaid programs through the Build Back Broke budget.”

Blackburn formally requested the information in a letter this month.

U.S. Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN), U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), and U.S. Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) co-signed Blackburn’s letter.

This, according to a recent emailed press release.

“In the Build Back Broke bill, Democrats have prioritized blue-state billionaires over sick children, people with disabilities, and the poor,” Blackburn said in the press release.

“The sweeping federal overreach pushed by the Biden administration is a direct attempt to punish states like Tennessee providing personalized care for our vulnerable communities. The White House preaches the importance of empathy but is willing to strip care from Tennesseans to give their big-dollar donors tax breaks.”

Blackburn and the other senators said they want CBO Director Phillip Swage to answer the following questions:

• What is the impact of this legislation on state budgets?

• How would the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) and Uncompensated Care Pool penalties impact coverage in the affected states?

• What is the impact of this legislation on access to care, including closures, at safety net hospitals, children’s hospitals, and rural hospitals?

• Does CBO believe that some individuals will have to go without care because of these DSH and Uncompensated Care Pool penalties?

Hagerty said in Blackburn’s press release that Tennessee leads other states in managing health care costs.

“These proposed Medicaid cuts, which are another example of the Biden Administration’s overreach, would terminate innovation, raise costs, and reduce access to care—especially in rural areas. The federal government should be fostering transformative health care policy solutions, not forcing states into one-size-fits-all big-government programs that would devastate hospitals and decrease patient care,” Hagerty wrote.

“I will continue to work with Senator Blackburn, and our colleagues in Texas and Florida, to stand up for Tennesseans and fight against this administration’s socialist agenda.”

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Chris Butler is an investigative journalist at The Tennessee Star. Follow Chris on Facebook. Email tips to [email protected]
Photo “Sen. Marsha Blackburn” by Gage Skidmore CC BY-SA 2.0.





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SCITUATE (CBS) — In Scituate, Friday is all about getting ready.

Crews are filling 200 to 300 bags with sand and hoisting them into trunks, just one more layer of protection ahead of a possibly historic storm.

Residents have been lining up for these sandbags to bring home and help protect their property against this storm. A long line of cars formed in Scituate Friday morning, grateful to the town and workers for help.

And the crews say they’re happy to do it.

“It feels good because a lot of these people, the ones on the beach, they see it. They’re gonna get it bad,” said Mark Saccocia of the Department of Public Works.

Scituate town officials are encouraging people who live in low-lying areas to stay at a hotel or with friends and family until the storm passes.

“If you have a place to go, you should go there you should get out,” said Scituate Town Administrator James Boudreau.

The coastal town is bracing for strong, damaging wind gusts, feet of snow, and flooding. They have high water rescue vehicles ready and special teams of officers and firefighters trained to go into flooded areas.

“They’re on standby, ready to go. But we hope it doesn’t come to that,” said Boudreau.

Many residents are boarding up windows and garages and plan to hunker down at home. Many say they’re used to bad storms.

“Another day in Scituate. You live here, you have to be prepare,” said Scituate resident Paul Mitchell.

For those who do lose power and don’t have a generator, the Senior Center in Scituate will be opened up as a warming center on Sunday.

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