2021 Tennessee Code
Title 71 - Welfare
Chapter 5 - Programs and Services for Poor Persons
Part 1 - Medical Assistance Act
§ 71-5-157. Establishment of State Policy to Avoid Use of State Funds for Elective Abortions

Universal Citation: TN Code § 71-5-157 (2021)
  1. It is the policy of the state to favor childbirth as integral to the health and welfare of the citizens of the state and therefore to favor family planning services that do not include elective abortions or the promotion of elective abortions within the continuum of care or services offered by the provider and to avoid the direct or indirect use of state funds to promote or support elective abortions.

  2. In furtherance of this state policy, a waiver amendment to the existing TennCare II waiver that requires elective abortion providers be excluded from participation as providers in the TennCare program shall be submitted to the federal centers for medicare and medicaid services for approval. The waiver amendment shall be implemented within ten (10) business days of approval.

  3. For purposes of this section, an “elective abortion provider” means any entity that performed, or operated or maintained a facility that performed, more than fifty (50) abortions in the previous year, or any affiliate of such an entity.

  4. This section does not affect compliance with § 9-4-5116.
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