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Tennessee lauded for first-in-nation program to provide diapers to low-income families


Tennessee has become the first state in the nation to offer free diapers through its state Medicaid program. Beginning in August, TennCare and CoverKids will cover the cost of 100 diapers per month for children under two enrolled in the programs. A statement from TennCare noted that the new initiative will ease financial burdens for families and ensure the well-being of the youngest Tennesseans. Officials noted TennCare already covers diapers and similar products for children will illnesses or conditions that cause incontinence. The program drew praise from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services who said children whose parents are forced to conserve diapers can often wind up with serious medical issues. The new benefit is a component of Gov. Bill Lee’s “Strong Families Initiative” approved by lawmakers last year