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Wed August 27, 2014

TennCare Officials Draw Criticism From State Lawmakers

Darin Gordon, TennCare Director, addresses lawmakers at the Capitol in Nashville, February 2014 (The Tennessean)
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.