Judge Dismisses TennCare Lawsuit, Age 14

U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Wiseman Jr. ruled Tuesday that TennCare now meets its coverage obligations to children, dismissing a 14-year-old class-action lawsuit filed by the Tennessee Justice Center.
From The Tennessean’s report:
The legal advocacy organization said it will appeal the judge’s decision.
Wiseman in his opinion wrote that TennCare had met the requirements of a 1998 consent agreement between it and the Tennessee Justice Center. That agreement required TennCare to do early and periodic screening of 750,000 Medicaid-eligible children and to provide them with needed treatments.
The goal under the agreement was to make sure that 80 percent of the children got regular checkups and dental care. Doctors who were witnesses for the Tennessee Justice Center shared stories of children not receiving adequate access to care, but the judge based his decision largely on the state’s documentation and numbers.
“This testimony, while interesting and even compelling from a policy perspective, was for the most part not directly related to the decision of whether the state is in substantial compliance with the consent decree,” Wiseman wrote.
The state’s screening rate for Medicaid-eligible children exceeded 90 percent, he noted — 10 percentage points beyond the goal set in the consent requirement.

3 thoughts on “Judge Dismisses TennCare Lawsuit, Age 14

  1. Dr. Hill

    While they are meeting their requirements presently, when the lawsuit is dropped, and the programs cease, you will be right back to where you started.
    Keep the programs in place that made the state compliant in the first place. In the long run, they save the state millions of dollars in care and treatment.

  2. Dr. Hill

    While they are meeting their requirements presently, when the lawsuit is dropped, and the programs cease, you will be right back to where you started.
    Keep the programs in place that made the state compliant in the first place. In the long run, they save the state millions of dollars in care and treatment.

  3. Dr. Smith

    While they are meeting their requirements presently, when the lawsuit is dropped, and the programs cease, you will be right back to where you started.
    Keep the programs in place that made the state compliant in the first place. In the long run, they save the state millions of dollars in care and treatment.

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