Two Metro Council members would like Tennessee’s gubernatorial candidates to sign a pledge to ensure matching funds available through the federal Medicaid program are delivered to Metro General Hospital.
The request has been filed in the form of a memorializing resolution to be voted on at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Bill sponsors are council members Jamie Hollin and Emily Evans.
According to the resolution, certified public expenditures at Metro General –– Davidson County’s safety net hospital for indigent patients –– have allowed the state of Tennessee to receive more than $90 million in federal Medicaid matching funds, but only $22.3 million has been returned to the hospital.
“The state is obviously in charge, and they disperse it in a way that essentially subsidizes TennCare across the state instead of giving back those matching dollars –– dollar for dollar –– to the taxpayers of Davidson County,” Hollin said.
Shelby County approved a similar resolution in February that asks candidates for governor to sign a pledge to ensure adequate funding at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, the state’s largest safety net facility.
Candidates for governor on the Republicans side are Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam, U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp and Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey. West Tennessee businessman Mike McWherter is the only Democrat running for governor.