From The Tennessean, late in the day on Monday:
The Tennessean has set a Tuesday deadline for TennCare to comply with a public records request after continued delays.
The news organization is considering asking a judge to force the state agency to turn over the requested records, which are related to difficulties state residents have had applying for Medicaid coverage. The Tennessean made its original request on July 17 for emails, then narrowed the search times with a revised request on Sept. 19.
After TennCare quoted a $4,139.56 estimated cost to provide copies of emails and other documents, The Tennessean issued a check for that amount on Nov. 13. TennCare has yet to turn over the documents or give the news organization a date when they will be available.
Andrei Dumitrescu, a TennCare lawyer who handles public records requests, issued no response to an email from The Tennessean sent Monday seeking an explanation. David Smith, press secretary for Gov. Bill Haslam, also did not respond.
“We are nearly four months past The Tennessean’s original request and nearly two months past The Tennessean’s payment for the requested records,” Robb Harvey, the lawyer for the news organization, notified Dumitrescu in a letter. “The (Tennessee Public Records Act) requires that public records be made available promptly.”
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