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Just days before TennCare leaders head to court over accusations that state failures have created months-long delays in coverage, the agency’s director faced questions from lawmakers about the unfinished computer system that led to those delays.

TennCare’s director acknowledged Tuesday that contractors have not finished even the first of four testing phases required to launch a new computer system that was supposed to begin handling Medicaid enrollment last October.

Seeking a more “industry-standard” basis of reporting financials, Chattanooga’s public hospital will be switching from its traditional monthly to quarterly financial reports.

Fighting ravages of West Nile virus

2 years later, Chattanooga area woman still trying to recover what the disease took from her

The tiny bite arrived and faded from Dot Ingle’s skin before she even noticed it was there.

Faced with deepening cuts, leaders of five Tennessee children’s hospitals met with state officials in Nashville this week, appealing for a voice in budget discussions that impact their doctors and patients.

Accused of creating monthslong delays for thousands of Tennesseans trying to apply for Medicaid, TennCare officials named in a federal lawsuit said Thursday that another name needs to be topping the lawsuit: The federal government.

Over 6 percent of health insurance buyers in Georgia who bought plans on the federal new marketplace now face losing that coverage if they do not produce documents proving their citizenship or immigration status, federal officials said Wednesday.

While a group of civil rights attorneys demands that TennCare officials turn over a series of documents related to delays to its enrollment process, TennCare attorneys Tuesday called the motion an “11th-hour” attempt to gather information as a federal hearing looms.

Facing “significant growth” in orthopedics and spine care, Parkridge Medical Center leaders hope that an over-$2 million investment in a new magnetic resonance imaging unit will expand their services in that area.

Over the last seven months, shoppers in the new health insurance marketplace have become patients, using their new plans for the first time.

By the time Mark Horner signed up for insurance on Healthcare.gov in March, the furor over the site's botched rollout had largely been replaced with news that millions of people were flooding the site to enroll.

Erlanger Health System trustees passed what the hospital CEO is calling an “aggressive” budget for the upcoming year, which includes a 2.2 percent increase in patients.

Using the words “disgraceful” and “atrocious” to describe long delays in the TennCare application process, three legal advocacy groups say they hope a federal class-action lawsuit filed against the state agency will put more pressure on state officials to overhaul the system.

Three legal advocacy organizations filed a federal class action lawsuit today against TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid program, saying that the state has “broken a decades-old promise to its most vulnerable residents” by implementing new policies the groups say deprive thousands of eligible people — including newborns, pregnant women and the elderly — from coverage.

More than 120,000 Tennesseans who bought health insurance plans off the new federal marketplace this year — 80 percent of those who bought such plans — made the purchase with the help of federal tax credits.

A Chattanooga family backed by a state disability advocacy group has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Erlanger Health System claiming the hospital did not provide the husband and wife — both deaf — with a medical interpreter during crucial health procedures and for prolonged periods while they were patients at the hospital.

One year after budgeting for a bottom line in the red for the first time, Erlanger Health System officials are aiming for a much higher mark.

Erlanger Health System officials are budgeting for a $10.8 million profit this year — a more "aggressive" budget than what officials aimed for last year, when the hospital budgeted for a deficit for the first time.

As patients, doctors and health analysts look to see how the Affordable Care Act plays out, the emergency room is one of the closely watched stages.

Jakob Morgan’s parents already had plenty to worry about when he was born.

Health advocates in Tennessee and in the Southeast say they are "disappointed" and "troubled" by TennCare's response to federal officials about problems with the state's Medicaid application system.

Chattanooga attorney Gerald Webb II has been appointed as Erlanger Health System’s newest board member.

Chattanooga attorney Gerald Webb II has been appointed as Erlanger Health System's newest board member.

For years, the way for a nurse to get a raise at Erlanger Health System was to put in the time.

Two national legal advocacy groups have joined a Tennessee organization to “closely monitor” how TennCare responds to federal demands that it repair a dysfunctional application process that has caused backlogs and long delays for people trying to get coverage.

Break down the statistics for the number of drug-addicted teens in Hamilton County, and you’ll find there is an average of roughly two in every classroom.

Two national legal advocacy groups have joined a Tennessee organization to “closely monitor” how TennCare responds to federal demands that it fix a series of problems in its new application process that have resulted in backlogs and long delays for people trying to get coverage.

There’s the meth-addicted baby born in Bristol, Tenn., who was approved for TennCare in January, but didn’t get coverage until June.

TennCare has no more than five days to answer to federal officials for an ongoing series of failures to comply with the Affordable Care Act and provide proper channels to enroll eligible people in Medicaid.

Tennessee health officials are moving to bring more safeguards and scrutiny to the process of newborn screenings.

This year, thousands of Tennessee women will go get a mammogram — just like they do every year.

A turbulent year for Erlanger Health System looks to be ending with a multimillion-dollar comeback.

ATLANTA — When the security guard reached the top of the steps in the small bus parked at the checkpoint of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, he did a double take.

Tennessee needs to improve its long-term care for seniors, and it needs to do it within the next 12 years, a new report indicates.

Tennessee remains the only state that has handed its Medicaid application process over to the federal government, and for several months it has been the only state to shutter its in-person Medicaid application services.

The longest-serving trustee for Erlanger hospital has submitted his resignation from the board.

The longest serving trustee for Erlanger hospital has submitted his resignation from the board.

In a sign that the state is hardening its stance on electronic cigarettes, health departments throughout Tennessee are putting up posters in their buildings warning about the potential harm of the devices.

There's one clear fact about the murky, ever-shifting world of hospital charges: They always get higher.

Veterans officials in Tennessee say they are enacting new policies to try to shorten the list of veterans waiting for care after four medical facilities — including Chattanooga’s outpatient VA clinic — were flagged for further scrutiny in the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ most recent audit.

The downtown Chattanooga Lifestyle Center is set to become the newest scene of transformation near the Tennessee Aquarium.

A private investment firm hopes to turn downtown's Chattanooga Lifestyle Center into retail, restaurant and office space.

One fundraiser called it “the building of dreams.”

Some Medicare Advantage and TennCare patients insured through United Healthcare may lose their current doctors as the insurer cuts Tennessee physicians to narrow those networks.

Even after voting this week to give Hamilton County more control over Erlanger Health System’s board of trustees, county leaders aren’t ready to boost local financial support for the public hospital.

Gov. Bill Haslam on Tuesday announced a seven-point, multi-agency plan to combat Tennesseeans’ “epidemic” abuse of prescription painkillers in a state that ranks No. 2 nationally for per-capita use of opioids.

After hearing that U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki had resigned from his post amid deepening revelations of problems in the VA health system, there was a part of veteran John Inman that felt disappointed.

Even without expanding Medicaid, both Tennessee and Georgia have seen an uptick of people enrolling in these safety-net health care programs — meaning both states are facing rising Medicaid costs.

Once the wheels start hitting the slopes of Lookout Mountain and North Chattanooga’s Kent Street on Monday, both inclines will quickly become the bitter enemies of many American professional cyclists.

With the motto “we practice what we teach” dotting advertisements for years, Erlanger Health System’s identity as a teaching hospital has long been one of its biggest selling points.

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