Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $75,787
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 86%!! Less than $13k to go!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: tenncare

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Rove: GOP's defunding ObamaCare strategy only helps Obama

    09/20/2013 3:17:13 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 79 replies
    FOX News ^ | Sept 20, 2013 | Greta/Rove
    Video at link.
  • Court Overturns Ford Corruption Conviction

    04/14/2011 2:37:49 PM PDT · by SmithL · 7 replies
    The Daily News (Memphis) ^ | 4/14/11 | Bill Dries
    Former state Sen. John Ford’s federal TennCare fraud and corruption convictions were tossed Thursday morning by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The court specifically found that Ford’s failure to disclose that he was working as a consultant for a TennCare contractor while he was a state senator voting on policies governing TennCare wasn’t a matter for the federal courts. It was instead a matter for state government, the court ruled. A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the use of the “honest services” federal statute also figured prominently in a ruling that could mean Ford will be released...
  • Family Uses Son's Obituary To Send A Message (Republican Budget Cuts Killed Him...)

    04/10/2011 9:11:27 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 55 replies
    News Channel 5 ^ | 04/10/2011 | News Channel 5
    Crossville, Tenn. - A Cumberland County family blames the state's healthcare system for the death of their son. Frank and Ann Zingheim's 48-year-old son, Scott, committed suicide on March 31st. On Sunday, his obituary appeared in The Tennessean, with a tribute to his life, and also a message for state lawmakers. "No one listens, no one listens," said Frank Zingheim. "There are major cuts being made in Nashville right now." Scott Zingheim was diagnosed as a Paranoid Schizophrenic when he was 15-years-old. His parents say he was in and out of hospitals for most of his life, until one program...
  • (TN Gov) Haslam warns 'easy money' for budget woes gone

    02/07/2011 8:40:38 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 16 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesFreePress ^ | February 7, 2011 | Andy Sher
    NASHVILLE -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the "easy money" answers to budget problems have been used up and that dealing with the recession's aftermath and a loss of federal stimulus funds is going to hurt. "We have to now go back and make those hard decisions, and I think they're even harder than I thought they would be," the Republican governor said last week as he finished four days of public hearings on the state's 2011-12 budget. SNIP Last week, heads of 26 agencies trooped before Haslam, outlining their best efforts to identify additional cuts of 1 percent to...
  • How did Tennessee get Exempt from Obamacare? (vanity)

    01/31/2011 5:38:25 AM PST · by 30Moves · 30 replies
    I just read that 4 states are exempt from Obamacare: Mass, Ohio, Tennessee and New Jersey. I missed this in the news. Anyone know how and why Tennessee is exempt?
  • Tennessee to save billions with health care reform, study finds (BARF ALERT)

    10/10/2010 9:30:25 AM PDT · by GailA · 34 replies
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 10/10/10 | Toby Sells
    Tennesseans will save $2.7 billion on health care insurance when health care reform is in place in 2014, according to a new study. That total will come as an estimated 664,100 Tennesseans will be eligible for premium tax credits, the study says. The credits will be available from the federal government to people and families who make up to four times the national poverty level, up to $43,320 for an individual and up to $88,200 for a family of four. The amount of the credit will be based on income. Money from the credits will flow directly from the government...
  • BlueCross cutting reimbursements to health care providers in Tennessee

    03/02/2010 5:02:04 PM PST · by GailA · 7 replies · 548+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | March 2, 2010 | Toby Sells
    Hit by a $96 million loss from managing TennCare enrollees last year, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will cut reimbursements to thousands of specialty physicians and to some hospitals by 14 percent and is counting on an emergency room diversion program. The losses were more than twice what BlueCross expected and could reach $135 million this year, according to a records review by the Chattanooga Times Free Press. It is the latest in a line of cutbacks looming for providers — a 7 percent rate reduction to all TennCare providers that takes effect in July, and an unresolved issue in Congress...
  • Cuts to TennCare creates $50 M budget gap "shut-the-doors" Regional Medical Center, Memphis

    01/29/2010 6:41:23 AM PST · by GailA · 9 replies · 633+ views
    Snip "If we get hit with a $50 million cut it doesn't take a lot of math to figure out that the fat lady sings," Med board chairman Gene Holcomb said to the hospital's board Thursday morning. snip Med officials last year faced similar TennCare cuts that would have produced the same door-closing effects. However, the TennCare budget was saved with a $1.1 billion infusion from the federal stimulus package.
  • There's No Free Health Care. Obamacare will raise costs--and everybody knows it.

    09/20/2009 5:45:07 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 7 replies · 807+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | September 28, 2009 (print) | Fred Barnes
    Give President Obama credit for persistence. And stubbornness. And lack of imagination. He declared again last week that his health care plan "will slow the growth of health care costs for our families and our businesses and our government." And this historic achievement will be accompanied by a dazzling array of new medical benefits that everyone will receive--guaranteed by law. Okay, you've heard this before. But that's the president's story, and he's sticking to it. The question is, why? Does he think we're stupid? His argument has failed to persuade a sizeable majority of the American people precisely because they're...
  • Bredesen has reservations on some health care reform aspects (TN Gov.)

    09/13/2009 2:03:07 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 6 replies · 268+ views
    Chattanooga Times Free Press ^ | 09/11/09 | Andy Sher
    ..."With regard to President Obama's plans to use savings from Medicare waste, fraud and abuse, Gov. Bredesen noted similar arguments were made with regard to TennCare, an effort in 1994 to expand the state's version of Medicaid to cover many more people. "Tennessee has been there and done that," said Gov. Bredesen, who became governor in 2003. "That's exactly the argument for TennCare and it didn't turn out that way. Maybe they (federal government) will do a better job ... than we did in managing TennCare in the 1990s and the early part of the 2000s. I had a sense...
  • Tennessee’s Troubled ‘Public Option’ – TennCare – Could Foreshadow Obama’s Health Care Plan

    07/20/2009 8:27:52 PM PDT · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 13 replies · 1,039+ views
    CNS News ^ | 07/20/2009 | Fred Lucas
    ( – A government-run health insurance plan is enacted on the promise of increasing competition and bringing down costs, but over the years, as more people leave their private insurance to take the “public option,” the cost to operate the government plan skyrockets. Various litigation ensues, preventing the government’s attempt to reform or cut benefits. Eventually, dramatic cuts become necessary. This is not a hypothetical scenario sketched by opponents of the health care overhaul plans working their way through Congress. Rather, it is the case of what happened with a state plan in Tennessee. Tennessee is in the process of...
  • Fed-up Bredesen fires back at critics--TennCare raised as block to Cabinet

    02/11/2009 8:24:45 PM PST · by OrangeDaisy · 7 replies · 438+ views | February 11, 2009 | Theo Emery
    Unable to post text from a Gannett newspaper. To summarize, is trying to derail Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen's consideration for Health and Human Services Secretary. They claim Bredesen gutted TennCare, the state insurance program for the uninsured. Bredesen did cut services in TennCare to keep it solvent. He's a democrat who leans more towards fiscal conservatism than your typical beltway Dem. He has repeatedly refused to get on the "we need an income tax" bandwagon and simply said we need to live within our means. Link to Story
  • Ophelia Ford Faces TennCare Investigation

    07/05/2007 6:11:10 PM PDT · by OrangeDaisy · 9 replies · 1,317+ views ^ | 7/5/2007 | Nashville WTVF
    NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Ophelia Ford Faces TennCare Investigation July 5, 2007 06:17 PM Ophelia Ford Faces TennCare Investigation She has quickly become one of Tennessee's most controversial state senators. Now, state Sen. Ophelia Ford finds herself at the center of another controversy. NewsChannel 5 has confirmed that the Memphis Democrat is the subject of an investigation that, depending upon what agents find, could lead to criminal charges. It's a NewsChannel 5 Investigates exclusive, uncovered by our chief investigative reporter Phil Williams. Sources tell Phil that the investigation centers on possible TennCare fraud and is being conducted by TennCare's inspector general....
  • Governor Schwarzenegger Should Go to Nashville

    01/17/2007 3:45:30 PM PST · by Reagan Man · 25 replies · 1,674+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January.17,2007 | Patrick Poole
    California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked off his first full term in office this week by announcing during his state-of-the-state address that he intends to implement a state health insurance plan to cover all residents, including illegal aliens. But before riding the universal health care train too far, Gov. Schwarzenegger might want to make a stop in Nashville to see exactly how such a plan has actually worked for Tennessee, where that state's abysmal TennCare program has forced dozens of hospitals out of business, pushed thousands of doctors and other health care professionals out of the state, destroyed any semblance of...
  • Families of elderly patients losing homes to TennCare

    10/23/2006 10:24:56 AM PDT · by SmithL · 183 replies · 3,530+ views
    WBIR NBC-10 Knoxville ^ | 10/23/6 | SHEILA BURKE
    To foot the bill for Mary and Lawrence Henkel's nursing home care, her children sold everything their parents owned except for the Donelson, TN home the couple had lived in since 1967. "That was my father's dying wish - to hold onto the house, live in it, take care of it," said Nashville resident Judy Clifford, 66, one of three Henkel children. "That's what he told me, and he gave the house to me." Now TennCare wants to sell the home to help recoup the roughly $288,000 that the state says it paid to take care of Mary Henkel in...
  • [Tennessee Governor] Bredesen remains hospitalized

    08/18/2006 7:46:28 AM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies · 331+ views
    AP ^ | 8/18/6
    NASHVILLE — Gov. Phil Bredesen remained hospitalized Thursday to allow doctors to control a recurring fever they believe may have been caused by a tick bite, his office said. Bredesen, 62, has been at Centennial Medical Center in Nashville since Monday night after becoming ill with a severe headache and high fever. The governor said in a statement issued by his office that doctors are "awaiting test results to determine, conclusively, whether the cause of my symptoms was a tick bite." "In the meantime, I’m working to beat back a stubborn fever that comes and goes," he said. "Until that...
  • Governor assails spending efforts [Tennessee's Bredesen]

    04/19/2006 3:39:33 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 177+ views
    AP ^ | 4/19/6 | ERIK SCHELZIG
    NASHVILLE — Gov. Phil Bredesen on Wednesday labeled efforts by some lawmakers to restore thousands of people to TennCare and to increase spending on state highways financially reckless and politically motivated. Bredesen, a Democrat, said initiatives under way in the General Assembly to return 68,000 "uninsurable" people to the TennCare rolls and restore some money diverted from the road fund three year ago could cost the state up to $644 million. "I’d hate to see the action of a few plunge the state into crisis again," Bredesen said in a speech to the Tennessee Business Roundtable. "My hope and my...
  • Appeals win frees up TennCare funds

    03/02/2006 3:36:50 PM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies · 231+ views
    AP ^ | 3/2/6 | ERIK SCHELZIG
    NASHVILLE - Tennessee has prevailed in its dispute with the federal government over more than a half-billion dollars in health-care funds, freeing up the state to rescind its planned "hard limits" on TennCare patient visits, Gov. Phil Bredesen announced Wednesday. The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday evening exhausted its appeals in an attempt to recover $550 million from Tennessee's defunct nursing home bed tax. Under that 1992-2001 plan, the state had levied a bed tax on nursing homes, used the revenue to leverage federal matching funds, and then gave the nursing home residents a rebate. The...
  • TennCare judge recuses self

    02/08/2006 10:29:24 AM PST · by SmithL · 2 replies · 265+ views
    AP ^ | 2/8/6
    NASHVILLE -- A federal judge who has presided over a case against the state of Tennessee for its treatment of children during TennCare cuts has recused himself from the case, saying that the state's efforts to remove him from the case could harm children's health care. U.S. District Judge John Nixon has presided over the children's portion of the TennCare case since 1998, and found in 2001 that the state had failed to meet court orders and federal requirements on their care. State attorneys had been seeking to remove Nixon from the case in the past year, saying that he...
  • TennCare patients get good news

    12/07/2005 10:22:54 AM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 298+ views
    AP ^ | 12/7/5 | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
    NASHVILLE - TennCare will resume accepting some of the state's sickest patients earlier than expected and will offer more generous eligibility guidelines, Gov. Phil Bredesen announced Tuesday. The governor has cut 191,000 people from the TennCare rolls and reduced benefits for thousands of others to control costs in the $8.7 billion program. He earlier said he would keep 97,000 "medically needy" adults on the program if the state got relief from a 1999 agreement with legal advocates for Tenn-Care patients. A federal judge has granted most of that relief. On Tuesday, Bredesen said the TennCare reforms mean the medically needy...
  • Feds contact TennCare; focus of probe unclear

    10/01/2005 6:03:39 PM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 419+ views
    AP ^ | 10/1/5
    CHATTANOOGA - The Bureau of TennCare has been contacted by state and federal investigators, but officials aren't elaborating on what's being probed. "While we have reason to believe TennCare is not the focal point, the bureau has been contacted by the TBI and FBI," spokeswoman Marilyn Elam told the Chattanooga Times Free Press on Thursday. "We are fully cooperating with their investigation." A federal grand jury has been looking into the relationship between former Sen. John Ford and TennCare contractors Doral Dental and Omnicare. Earlier this year, the Memphis Democrat triggered a legislative review when it was discovered the companies...
  • Bredesen: Ruling may save TennCare roll

    08/04/2005 4:18:34 PM PDT · by SmithL · 17 replies · 378+ views
    AP ^ | 8/4/5 | BILL POOVEY
    CHATTANOOGA — A federal court order expanding the state's power to restrict TennCare pharmacy benefits likely means all 97,000 medically needy enrollees can stay on the health care program, Gov. Phil Bredesen said Thursday. "It looks positive to being able to keep all the most medically needy people on the rolls," the governor said during a stop here to promote his prekindergarten program. Bredesen said he expected to decide the fate of the medically needy, among the sickest patients with high medical bill, early next week after administration officials finish evaluating a ruling clarification issued Wednesday by U.S. District Court...
  • State's power over TennCare boosted

    07/28/2005 9:43:06 PM PDT · by SmithL · 1 replies · 188+ views
    AP ^ | 7/29/5 | LUCAS L. JOHNSON II
    NASHVILLE - A federal judge issued a partial ruling Thursday that gives the state some authority to modify a key consent decree that governs the TennCare program. U.S. District Judge John Nixon approved two main changes to the expanded Medicaid program: The state can require prior authorization for prescription drugs, and it can limit prescriptions to five per month. But Nixon's order said the "court reserves ruling on whether the state may deny any claim for reimbursement for a drug for which prior authorization is required but has not been obtained." In the case of prescription limitation, the judge ordered...
  • Protesters camp outside Bredesen's office

    06/21/2005 11:05:24 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies · 296+ views
    AP ^ | 6/21/5
    NASHVILLE - Roughly two-dozen TennCare enrollees and advocates occupied the entrance to Gov. Phil Bredesen's office Monday, demanding that he change his mind on plans to cut the expanded Medicaid program. The group wanted an audience with the governor, but Bredesen was in East Tennessee talking about his economic development plans. A spokesman for the governor promised the group would be allowed to stay so long as they remained orderly and didn't interfere with workers. Arrangements were made to let the group stay overnight. "This is a public building," said Bob Corney, the governor's communications director. He said the protesters...
  • TennCare contractors slow to admit Ford ties

    06/05/2005 9:44:32 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 287+ views
    AP ^ | 6/6/5 | MATT GOURAS
    NASHVILLE - A big stack of documents produced by state investigators paints a picture of TennCare contractors more willing to spin the truth than divulge ties to Sen. John Ford. One contractor linked to Ford, Doral Dental, said earlier this year that it wasn't aware of any improper links to Ford. But it was later revealed that Ford held meetings with the company's highest-ranking officers, and the company sought to keep the arrangement secret. Doral blamed executives no longer with the company. It took multiple requests, along with a state attorney general's investigation, to get another contractor that had a...
  • Appeals court upholds TennCare cuts

    05/27/2005 3:46:58 PM PDT · by SmithL · 2 replies · 392+ views
    AP ^ | 5/27/5
    NASHVILLE — A federal appeals court panel has approved Tennessee’s procedures for kicking people off TennCare, the state’s expanded Medicaid program. The ruling, which overturns a lower court decision, means the state does not have to hold a hearing for each TennCare recipient before removing them from the program. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday and handed down a decision Friday. The court said decisions on how to run TennCare were up to the elected officials in Tennessee, "so long as the State’s disenrollment process satisfies the requirement...

    05/26/2005 1:09:01 PM PDT · by the anti-liberal · 78 replies · 2,714+ views ^ | May 26, 2005 | Michelle Malkin
    THE STENCH IN TENNESSEE By Michelle Malkin   ·   May 26, 2005 02:33 PM Hot political story of the day is out of the Volunteer State. Huge FBI corruption sting--dubbed "Operation Tennessee Waltz"--has resulted in the arrest of four state legislators, including the uncle of recently announced Dem U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford. State legislator John Ford apparently threatened to kill an undercover FBI agent. (Indictments posted in full at Newschannel 5.) Another arrested was state legislator Kathryn Bowers, chairman of the Memphis-area Democratic Party.There's one Republican in the bunch. More arrests expected.
  • Appeals court in TennCare again

    05/06/2005 9:45:23 PM PDT · by SmithL · 5 replies · 292+ views
    Knox News/AP ^ | 5/6/5 | MATT GOURAS
    NASHVILLE - A federal appeals court has paved the way for the state to start cutting TennCare rolls, once again ruling in favor of Gov. Phil Bredesen's reform plans. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati decided Friday to intervene in the state's fight with a federal judge over plans to overhaul the TennCare program and cut enrollment. "We're gratified the appeals court acted swiftly in approving our request," Bredesen said in a statement. "This ruling allows us to continue on a fiscally responsible course to gain control of the TennCare program and pass a balanced budget." A...
  • Tennessee can drop 323,000 people from TennCare

    04/12/2005 3:08:44 PM PDT · by SmithL · 11 replies · 654+ views
    AP ^ | 4/12/5
    NASHVILLE - A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that state officials do not need a judge's approval to drop 323,000 adults from Tennessee's expanded Medicaid program. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in a ruling issued from Cincinnati that a federal judge overstepped his authority in January when he blocked the state from making the cuts. Gov. Phil Bredesen wanted to cut the rolls to save money on the $8 billion TennCare program, and he got approval last month from the federal government, which pays two-thirds of the bill. TennCare recipients went to court...
  • Tenn. governor accused of failing medicaid

    03/29/2005 7:51:28 AM PST · by SmithL · 10 replies · 398+ views
    AP ^ | 3/29/5 | MATT GOURAS
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A lawyer challenging proposed cuts from the state's expanded Medicaid program contends that the governor mismanaged the $8 billion program. Marking the start of a case Monday that could dictate the state's spending priorities, Gordon Bonnyman of the Tennessee Justice Center, said that Gov. Phil Bredesen has failed in the "day-to-day management" of the health care program. The state argued that keeping the program, TennCare, intact would require $650 million more in spending - requiring deep cuts in almost every other budget area. "This embarrassing reality dawned on public officials two years into taking office on the...
  • Feds OK state's efforts to cut TennCare rolls

    03/25/2005 3:34:13 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 256+ views
    AP ^ | 3/25/5
    ASHVILLE - The federal government Thursday approved the first phase of the state's plan to restructure TennCare, agency officials said. TennCare spokesmen said the approval by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services allows the state to move ahead with efforts to cut TennCare enrollment. However, the reductions remain under court challenge. Dave Goetz, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Finance, said the approval "is an important step in our efforts to gain financial control of TennCare." His department oversees TennCare, an expanded Medicaid program for 1.3 million enrollees. Gov. Phil Bredesen has proposed cutting 323,000 people from TennCare...
  • SENATOR KUEHL ANNOUNCES INTRODUCTION OF SB 840 (Socialized Medicine for All Californians)

    02/24/2005 4:59:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 97 replies · 1,586+ views
    Word and Brown Legislative Alert ^ | 2-24-2005 | Word and Brown Legislative Alert
    At 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 23, on the South Steps of the California State Capitol, State Senator Sheila Kuehl (D-23) announced her introduction of SB 840 the California Health Insurance Reliability Act (CHIRA) to the California Legislature. Senate Pro Tempore Don Perata has joined as a co-author as have Senator Deborah Ortiz, chair of the Senate Health Committee and Assemblymember Wilma Chan, chair of the Assembly Health Committee who are both principle co-authors. The bill will cover every Californian with comprehensive health insurance and guarantee their right to choose their own physician, while containing healthcare cost inflation. By slashing...
  • TennCare reform delay could prove costly to state

    02/07/2005 8:04:15 AM PST · by SmithL · 198+ views
    WBIR (NBC - Knoxville) ^ | 2/7/5 | Barger Brian
    TennCare reform delay could prove costly to state  Barger Brian, Producer   Last Updated: 2/7/2005 9:02:15 AM A six month delay in reforming TennCare could cost the state nearly half of the $575 million officials have said they expect to save and balance next year's budget. That's according to an affidavit filed with a federal appeals court last week. The filing came after a judge in Nashville ruled the state cannot implement the planned reforms to the government-subsidized health care program without his approval. The judge said hearings will be set for March to work through that issue. In...
  • State wants to replace TennCare advocate

    02/04/2005 9:23:21 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 269+ views
    Knoxville News Sentinel ^ | 2/5/5 | MATT GOURAS
    NASHVILLE - The state wants to remove the longtime legal advocate for TennCare enrollees as part of Gov. Phil Bredesen's push to dramatically cut the number of poor, disabled and uninsured on the government-subsidized health-care program. Gordon Bonnyman, executive director of the Tennessee Justice Center, represents the 1.3 million people on TennCare and has clashed repeatedly with Bredesen over his plans to curtail the program's ballooning costs. State lawyers told a federal judge Friday that they will ask that Nashville attorney George Barrett instead represent TennCare enrollees. Bonnyman said the governor thinks he will have an easier time negotiating with...
  • Senators say feds won't aid TennCare

    02/04/2005 8:15:40 PM PST · by SmithL · 7 replies · 243+ views
    AP ^ | 2/4/5
    WASHINGTON - TennCare advocates want the federal government to help patch up the state's expanded Medicaid program, but Tennessee's Republican senators say the solution won't come from Washington. Opponents of Gov. Phil Bredesen's plan to limit coverage and cut 323,000 people from TennCare rolls have argued that Tennessee should ask the federal government for more money. But Sens. Bill Frist and Lamar Alexander said the prospects of financial aid are slim, and the TennCare problems need to be solved at home. "The answer absolutely must come from Tennessee," said Frist. The state created TennCare in 1994 by expanding the Medicaid...
  • Judge prevents Tenn. governor from cutting rolls of expanded Medicare program

    01/28/2005 8:33:39 PM PST · by SmithL · 24 replies · 699+ views
    AP ^ | 1/28/5 | MATT GOURAS
    NASHVILLE -- A judge Friday blocked Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen from removing 323,000 adults from the state's expanded Medicaid program, cuts the governor says are necessary to keep the roughly $8 billion program from bankrupting the state. The state said it was immediately appealing U.S. District Court Judge William J. Haynes' decision to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. "The federal courts do not have the right nor the power to dictate the fiscal policy of the state of Tennessee," Dave Goetz, state finance and administration commissioner, said in a news release. "This is an emotional and difficult enough...
  • TennCare Dance

    11/15/2004 5:27:18 PM PST · by Woodworker · 4 replies · 439+ views
    Commercial Appeal ^ | November 15, 2004 | COLIN FLY
    TennCare advocates back off court wins in effort to save program Bredesen says he wants to examine "good-faith" offer By COLIN FLY Associated Press Writer November 15, 2004 NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Gov. Phil Bredesen said Monday it appears the advocates for TennCare enrollees have made a good-faith effort to save the health care program, but he wants to scrutinize the details of their offer. The Tennessee Justice Center filed papers to put off for two years the effects of a series of federal court settlements so Bredesen can implement his reform proposal to control sharply rising costs in the expanded...
  • Bredesen calls it quits on TennCare

    11/10/2004 9:52:53 AM PST · by Ultrconservative · 43 replies · 2,517+ views
    Just watched Phil Bredesen at a news conference in Nashville. He announced that begining in January and end in June (July?) of 2005, Tennessee will withdraw from it's TennCare (HillaryCare Lite) Program. Those that qualify, will transition to the Federal medicare (medicaid) programs and about 435,000 low income citizens will no longer receive free medical insurance from the states' taxpayers. Bredesen is so pragmatic and practical, it is hard to believe he is a Demoncrat.
  • The Health Care They Want to Give You Is A Right

    07/07/2004 12:07:50 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,031+ views
    Reason ^ | July 7, 2004 | Ronald Bailey
    <p>Arthur Caplan at the University of Pennsylvania is America's most famous bioethicist. He's unusually reasonable for that notoriously risk-averse breed. But lately he's been reverting to the rigid presumption of egalitarianism that infests most bioethical musings. Caplan is deeply concerned that in the future the rich will get better medicine and the poor worse—that more resources will allow people to obtain better quality products, an apparently unbearable situation when it comes to health care.</p>
  • TennCare's current structure not 'financially viable,' consultant says (shillarycare bankrupting TN)

    12/11/2003 3:23:32 PM PST · by GailA · 12 replies · 126+ views
    The Tennessean ^ | 12/11/03 | Tom Sharp
    <p>Tennessee cannot afford to keep the TennCare program as it now exists, according to an independent assessment released today by Gov. Phil Bredesen.</p> <p>''This has been a sobering day for me. The news is certainly not good,'' Bredesen said. ''It's very clear that TennCare is not viable in its current configuration.''</p>
  • TENN: Economist says state's fiscal woes not as bad as they seem (DEM gov demanding CUTS)

    02/08/2003 11:39:53 AM PST · by GailA · 2 replies · 159+ views
    The Knox News Sentinel ^ | 2/7/03 | Amber McDowell/AP
    Economist says state's fiscal woes not as bad as they seem By AMBER MCDOWELL, Associated Press February 7, 2003 NASHVILLE - Tennessee's fiscal problems aren't as "dire as they seem" compared to other states, despite projected budget shortfalls of more than $800 million for this year and next, economist William Ford said Thursday. Ford, an economist at Middle Tennessee State University, told the Tennessee Press Association that the state's tax system - which includes one of the highest sales taxes in the country - makes Tennessee better off than places like California. "Under Gov. (Gray) Davis, California has a $35...
  • TENN: TennCare's deficit could reach $259 million (SHILLARY CARE fiasco)

    02/05/2003 5:38:27 AM PST · by GailA · 8 replies · 233+ views
    TennCare's deficit could reach $259 million By The Associated Press February 5, 2003 NASHVILLE - Even if the state drains the $140 million in TennCare reserves this year, Tennessee's health care program for the poor and uninsured would still reach a deficit of $259 million, Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz said Tuesday. Goetz told the Senate Finance Committee that the state already has withheld the second quarterly payment to hospitals that treat most of TennCare's patients rather than further tap TennCare reserves. Those supplemental payments were to total $100 million over the course of the year. He said TennCare's problems result...
  • TENN: Blowing fog away from TennCare (shillaryCare)

    01/27/2003 10:27:46 AM PST · by GailA · 11 replies · 230+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 1/27/03 | Cyril F. Chang
    Blowing fog away from TennCare By Guest columnist Cyril F. Chang is a professor of economics at the University of Memphis. January 27, 2003 To some Tennesseans, TennCare is a shining example of government fulfilling its duty to ensure needy citizens have access to health care. The program has expanded medical coverage to more than 500,000 previously uninsured and uninsurable Tennesseans, and has improved the quality of care for one-fourth of the residents of this state. To others, TennCare is the source of all sorts of problems. In this view, it is the cause of unmanageable budget deficits and has...
  • TENN Politics: Gov Bredesen (D) tells Cabinet budget short $322 million (despite $933M tax hike)

    01/22/2003 5:48:42 AM PST · by GailA · 2 replies · 143+ views
    The Tennessean ^ | 1/22/03 | Bonna de la Cruz
    <p>He also said estimated revenue will be $500 million less than needed to fund a similar budget next year — with both shortfalls largely blamed on TennCare overruns.</p> <p>Heads of 21 departments plus the governor's homeland security office won't be able to launch new programs and will be under hiring and travel freezes.</p>
  • TENN: SHILLARY CARE LITE: TennCare chief cites cost overrun of $258 million

    01/16/2003 5:18:41 AM PST · by GailA · 7 replies · 260+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 1/16/03 | Paula Wade
    TennCare chief cites cost overrun of $258 million By Paula Wade January 16, 2003 NASHVILLE - The TennCare program is running $258 million over budget, TennCare Director Manny Martins told lawmakers Wednesday, chiefly because the state overstated the potential cost-savings of last year's TennCare reforms. Martins said that even if the state wins its federal court appeal and can continue to trim TennCare's rolls and reduce the program's health benefits as called for in Gov. Don Sundquist's reforms, state lawmakers still will have to find an estimated $258 million to balance the TennCare budget by July 1. If the...
  • TENN: Both unity, discord face legislature (funding/taxes)

    01/12/2003 7:02:17 AM PST · by GailA · 3 replies · 185+ views
    The Knox News Sentinel ^ | 1/12/03 | Tom Humphrey
    Both unity, discord face legislature Funding woes still at top of long list By TOM HUMPHREY, January 12, 2003 NASHVILLE - The 103rd General Assembly dawns this week with legislators indicating unity against new taxes, partisan discord over power positions and unease about the state budget. There are 21 new representatives and five new senators. When inauguration day comes at week's end, there will also be a new governor, Phil Bredesen. But with Democrats holding control in all branches of state government for the first time in eight years, a majority of Republican representatives are poised to make a...
  • TENN: 200,000 are off TennCare — again (socialized medicine)

    01/03/2003 6:44:07 AM PST · by GailA · 35 replies · 274+ views
    The Tennessean ^ | 1/03/03 | Bill Lewis
    <p>Nearly 200,000 TennCare enrollees who were removed from the program by the state, only to be ordered back in by a federal judge, are out again.</p> <p>A federal appeals court yesterday said the state does not have to return benefits to the ousted enrollees before a hearing on Wednesday.</p>
  • TennCare culling illegal, judge rules; 150,000 reinstated (BANKRUPTING the state)

    12/20/2002 5:04:40 AM PST · by GailA · 13 replies · 260+ views
    The Commercial Appeal ^ | 12/20/02 | Paula Wade
    TennCare culling illegal, judge rules; 150,000 reinstated By Paula Wade December 20, 2002 NASHVILLE - A federal judge Thursday reinstated TennCare coverage to all 150,000 Tennesseans who've been culled from the troubled health program since July 1. The state's massive TennCare reverification process violates federal law, the judge ruled. Gov. Don Sundquist vowed to appeal, estimating that if upheld, the ruling could cost the state $300 million - money the state doesn't have - and could force the state to abandon TennCare altogether. That course would leave more than 500,000 Tennesseans without health coverage. The ruling means the state...
  • State Investigating Local Cab Company for Possible TennCare Fraud

    10/31/2002 6:01:41 AM PST · by GailA · 1,029+ views
    New 5 Nashville ^ | 10/30/02 | staff
    State Investigating Local Cab Company for Possible TennCare Fraud Wednesday, a mid-state cab company is under investigation for possible TennCare fraud. The charges involved alleged over billing that could amount to tens of thousands of taxpayer money. In Nashville, Metro Health Department operators book rides to and from the doctor for TennCare patients. The operators make the arrangements with local cab companies and then bill TennCare based on the number of miles. Depending on the distance the rides can range from 55 cents to $1.55 per mile for the state. Bart Perkey oversees the program in Metro. He called the...
  • TennCare: Pharmacist blast state, Universal Care (UNPAID BILLS)

    09/30/2002 6:44:34 AM PDT · by GailA · 4 replies · 236+ views
    The Tennessean ^ | 9/28/02 | Bill Lewis
    <p>TennCare will spend about $1.8 billion on prescription drugs this year. But, pharmacists who are suing the state and a TennCare insurance company say the money doesn't always reach the people for whom it is intended.</p> <p>Two pharmacists in tiny Gainesboro, Tenn., a town in the Upper Cumberlands east of Nashville, say they are owed a combined $156,000 by Universal Care of Tennessee. If the California-based insurance company won't pay, they say in a lawsuit, the state should be held responsible because it hired the company to help manage TennCare.</p>