Feds Want Answer, Solutions On Tennessee Healthcare Delays

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Feds Want Answer, Solutions On Tennessee Healthcare Delays

CREATED Jul 8, 2014
by Todd Walker

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The federal government wants answers from the State of Tennessee.

Officials say the Volunteer State is not meeting deadlines when it comes to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The government has set another deadline for solutions and this one is coming up pretty fast.

Within 10 days the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services expects a plan from the state of Tennessee for fixing its problems meeting 6 of the 7 so-called critical success factors for implementing the Affordable Care Act.

Those include the "ability to accept a single, streamlined application for healthcare."

The ability to convert existing state income standards for healthcare coverage to new federal standards.

The ability to verify a person's eligibility for coverage based on electronic data sources.

The only thing Tennessee was actually able to do was to receive and process applications from the federal health insurance website.

The director of TennCare told The Tennessean he blames the majority of the delays on the company tasked with putting the state's website together.

He says there's a reason the state has only paid $5 million of the $35 million for building the website.

NewsChannel 5 reached out to TennCare for comment late Tuesday evening but have not heard back.

Email: twalker@newschannel5.com