Post Tagged with: "TennCare"

Impending Insurance Mandate Drives More Than Expected To TennCare

Impending Insurance Mandate Drives More Than Expected To TennCare

by / on March 18, 2014

People are flooding the state’s Medicaid program – known as TennCare. They’re trying to get coverage to avoid a penalty under the Affordable Care Act. State officials were expecting people who were already eligible for government-funded health care to sign up – just not this many.

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TennCare director Darin Gordon addressed the media after an annual budget hearing with Governor Bill Haslam. The state spends more on TennCare than any other single agency, and its budget is even more complicated as it manages losing some federal reimbursements under ObamaCare, cutting programs no longer needed and managing an influx of enrollments. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Obamacare May Usher More Patients Into TennCare Than First Thought

by / on November 18, 2013

As a result of Obamacare’s online insurance marketplace, more than 9,000 Tennesseans have been *redirected to the state’s Medicaid program known as TennCare. The agency expected a surge of signups, but it didn’t anticipate quite this many.

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The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that as of July 1, Tennessee is among six states still weighing options on Medicaid expansion. Others include Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania and Utah. Credit: TN Photo Services via Flickr

Haslam Heads To Washington With Health Of Hospitals On His Mind

by / on August 22, 2013

Job cuts and construction delays at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are weighing on Governor Bill Haslam. On Friday, he travels to Washington D.C. in hopes of hammering out a compromise on expanding the state’s Medicaid program – a move that has been characterized as vital to the health of Tennessee hospitals.

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Haslam Changing Tune on Expanding Medicaid

Haslam Changing Tune on Expanding Medicaid

by / on April 2, 2013

Governor Bill Haslam is saying there’s still a chance to expand TennCare and cover more of the state’s uninsured. He is in “active conversations” with federal officials.

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Expansion Week for Haslam

Expansion Week for Haslam

by / on March 25, 2013

Governor Bill Haslam continues to stall his decision on enlarging Tennessee’s Medicaid program – known as TennCare. Though, he says he will reveal his position one way or the other this week.

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Hospitals Undermine Debt Reduction Argument Against TennCare Expansion

by / on March 12, 2013

Opponents of expanding TennCare as envisioned in the Affordable Care Act say the country can’t afford to add to the national debt. But hospitals are pushing back, saying the money amounts to just seven-thousandths of one percent of the country’s red ink.

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Tea Party Faithful Make Medicaid Stand

Tea Party Faithful Make Medicaid Stand

by / on March 10, 2013

Libertarians and Tea Party Republicans rallied at the foot of the state capitol Sunday. They’re making a last-ditch effort to keep Governor Bill Haslam from cooperating with the White House and expanding the state’s Medicaid program.

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Republican Leaders More ‘Open’ to Medicaid Expansion

Republican Leaders More ‘Open’ to Medicaid Expansion

by / on March 7, 2013

Previous naysayers are coming around to the idea of expanding TennCare. Even while criticizing the Affordable Care Act, they say pulling more poor people into the state’s Medicaid program could have some upsides.

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State of the State: No Medicaid Expansion

State of the State: No Medicaid Expansion

by / on January 28, 2013

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says now is not the time to expand the state’s Medicaid program. But in his State of the State address Monday night, Haslam did not close the door to opening up Tenncare in the future.

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Capitol Hill Conversation – Blocking TennCare Expansion

Capitol Hill Conversation – Blocking TennCare Expansion

by / on January 14, 2013

After an opening gavel, the General Assembly is back to work. Whether or not to expand TennCare could be the most costly decision the body makes this year, and the first bill out of the gate would prevent Tennessee from expanding its Medicaid program as envisioned under the Affordable Care Act.

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Psychiatrist Accused of TennCare Fraud to Pay Fine, Give Up Practice

by / on December 3, 2012

The state Attorney General says AKM Fakhruddin saw about 150 TennCare patients. Most of the appointments were to make an adjustment to medication, lasting just a few minutes. Prosecutors say Fakhruddin would bill the state for full psychotherapy sessions.

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Haslam Fence-Sitting on Exchanges Until Final Hours

Haslam Fence-Sitting on Exchanges Until Final Hours

by / on November 13, 2012

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam says he’ll be taking all the time he can to make a decision on setting up a state-based health insurance exchange. Republican governors around the country are split ahead of Friday’s deadline.

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THA Warns of Hospital Closures Due to Federal Cuts

by / on September 18, 2012

The Tennessee Hospital Association is warning of possible closures if federal spending is reduced as planned. The first in nearly a nearly decade of planned cuts begins October 1st.

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Kids Count: More kids in Tennessee poor, but insured

by / on July 25, 2012

An annual report that ranks the well-being of children in each state places Tennessee 36th in the nation.

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Tenncare Won’t Get Money Without Help from Congress

by / on October 24, 2011

According to Governor Bill Haslam, there only seems to be one option for getting all the federal money owed to Tenncare. But Haslam says the chances aren’t good.

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Standard Spend Down Enrollment Opens Today

by / on September 12, 2011

TennCare’s Standard Spend Down program will begin accepting new enrollees today. Enrollment is by telephone and phone lines open at 6 this evening.

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Paradigm Health Settles TennCare Fraud Case

by / on July 13, 2011

A mental health services company has agreed to pay Medicare and the TennCare Bureau $220,000 to settle a case of fraud. At issue are bills for therapy sessions that never happened in Tennessee nursing homes.

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Legislature Debates Take-over of Federal Health Care Programs

by / on March 28, 2011

A million Tennesseans who use Medicare could see that program operated by the state instead of the federal government, under a proposal that’s before the state legislature this week.

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Governor Proclaims a “New Normal” in State Spending

by / on March 14, 2011

Last night, Governor Bill Haslam laid out a new $30 billion state budget. That’s about $2 billion less than this year’s spending plan – mainly because federal stimulus money is ending.

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Hospital Fee to Increase Because of Inflation, Loss of Stimulus

by / on February 10, 2011

Tennessee hospitals plan to increase a self-imposed fee that’s
designed to cover a larger hole in the TennCare budget. The
board of the Tennessee Hospital Association unanimously approved extending the revenue fee.

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