published Monday, July 14th, 2014

TennCare director strikes back at federal criticism of program

NASHVILLE — A defiant Haslam administration late this afternoon fired off its response to federal officials over their criticism of Tennessee's implementation of eligibility and enrollment rules for the state-operated Medicaid program and Children's Health Insurance Program under the federal health law.

In a 16-page letter to Cindy Mann, director of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services, TennCare Director Darin Gordon took issue with CMS' assertions the state is not in compliance with most of its obligations with regard to streamlined eligiblity and enrollment processes.

"We must respectfully disagree," Gordon wrote in his letter to Mann, meeting a federal deadline for a response to CMS' concerns over seven "critical success factors" stated in a June 27 missive fron the agency to the state.

Moreover, Gordon said, "as a formal matter, I am also obliged to correct several mistaken assertions in your letter."

He outlined what he considers to be "five misstatements or mischaracterization."

about Andy Sher...

Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...

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