medicaid

Gov. Bill Haslam was mentioned prominently in a Forbes piece Thursday, after he and four other GOP governors said they would consider an expansion of Medicaid under the federal health care reform law if the money were awarded as a block grant. “Obviously, as a Republican, I’m with those folks who say, if you can […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam said he had been told specific legislation would be required for the federal government to release $82 million in TennCare funds owed to the state. Haslam said getting such a bill passed “will be difficult.” Cuts to Tennessee’s version of Medicaid are expected.

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Middle-income families are the ones facing the most pressure on tuition increases at state colleges and universities, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday. And he reiterated a theme he’s been hitting on a lot lately — that health care costs are the reason higher education is getting financially squeezed in Tennessee. Haslam was commenting on […]

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Press Release from State Senator Mae Beavers, Jan. 19, 2011: (NASHVILLE, TN), January 19, 2011 – State Senator Mae Beavers (R-Mt. Juliet) said today she will file legislation calling for Tennessee to join an interstate compact with the express purpose of returning the responsibility and authority for regulating health care to the states. There are […]

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A mere 12 days into the New Year, Tennessee has already seen plenty of TennCare fraud news, from “doctor shopping” to one case in which a health worker was sentenced to eight years in prison. In that case, a home health care worker was fired from his job, but managed to get his wife hired […]

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State of Tennessee Press Release, September 3, 2010: NASHVILLE — A new report shows continued improvement in the overall quality of health care provided to TennCare members through their managed care organizations. The report, 2010 HEDIS/CAHPS Report: A Comparative Analysis of Audited Results from TennCare Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), shows an increase in all child […]

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A consensus appears to have formed that the current leadership at TennCare has adroitly managed the operation — and the days of upheaval seem to have subsided, for now. But the new governor will find that cost-containment problems have not been solved.

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Statement from Gov. Phil Bredesen, March 22, 2010: “I congratulate the President on the passage of his health care legislation. This is a significant accomplishment for his Administration that will allow more than 30 million additional Americans full access to our health care system. I have long been a believer in the need for universal […]

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Program reductions could be mitigated somewhat by a federal decision last week to rework a formula for determining how much money the state owes the federal government in “clawback” funds — perhaps giving the state another $120 million to work with. Lawmakers say they’re still concerned the cuts are going to hit many Tennesseans hard in the midst of this prolonged recession.

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Tennessee House of Representatives press release, Dec. 21, 2009: On Monday, State Representatives Susan Lynn (R-Lebanon) and Debra Young Maggart (R-Hendersonville) asked Tennessee State Attorney General Robert Cooper to prepare to take the appropriate legal action against the federal government in the event HR 3200, the controversial federal healthcare reform legislation, passes into law. The […]

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Press Release from the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, Dec. 3. 2009: NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Center for Policy Research today sent a brief to state lawmakers outlining the potential costs the proposed healthcare reform bills in Congress will have on the state. Both the House and Senate bills expand Medicaid eligibility, potentially devastating Tennessee’s […]

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