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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.

History of Past State Treasurers to Be Chronicled

News release from state treasurer’s office:
What: State Treasurer David H. Lillard, Jr. is hosting a reception to honor past State Treasurers by introducing a project chronicling their history. Special honor will be given to the four living former State Treasurers who will be in attendance including: The Honorable Thomas Wiseman, The Honorable Harlan Mathews, The Honorable Steve Adams and The Honorable Dale Sims.
When: Wednesday, April 6 at 3 p.m. Central Time
Where: The Old Supreme Court Chamber on the first floor of the Tennessee State Capitol
Who: In addition to Treasurer Lillard, the four living former treasurers, descendants of other former treasurers, historians and state officials including Governor Bill Haslam, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell and other members of the Tennessee General Assembly are expected to attend.