TennCare Officials Draw Criticism From State Lawmakers

Aug 27, 2014

Darin Gordon, TennCare Director, addresses lawmakers at the Capitol in Nashville, February 2014 (The Tennessean)
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Yesterday, Tennessee lawmakers questioned TennCare officials over delays and failures in the agency… and this Friday, they’ll be before a federal judge.

TennCare Director Darin Gordon told lawmakers that the agency’s $35.7-million Medicaid eligibility computer system (the Tennessee Eligibility Determination System) is still not up and running; it was slated for completion last October.                                                         

That delay has meant delays in health coverage for hundreds of Tennesseans, as has resulted in a lawsuit by the Tennessee Justice Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the National Health Law Program. That suit could become a class-action.