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  • TennCare Study: High Satisfaction and Low Uninsured Rates for Children

    Thursday, February 18, 2021 | 12:48pm

    A new study by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, found the satisfaction rate among all TennCare recipients held steady at 94 percent, marking the 12th straight year above 90 percent. The Impact of TennCare: A Survey of Recipients, 2020, also showed the percentage of uninsured children in the state remained low at 2.8 percent.

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  • Almost 300 Children Enrolled in Katie Beckett Program

    Monday, February 01, 2021 | 10:19am

    NASHVILLE—The Division of TennCare and the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DIDD) announced that more than 290 children have been enrolled in the Katie Beckett Program since it opened for applications in late November 2020.

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  • Tennessee Medicaid Block Grant Waiver Amendment Approved by Federal Government

    Friday, January 08, 2021 | 12:11pm

    Nashville – After more than a year of discussions and negotiations with the federal government, Tennessee’s Medicaid “Block Grant” waiver amendment received approval today by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Tennessee is the first state in the nation to be granted approval for this type of block grant arrangement, which will result in an innovative, alternative financing arrangement for its Medicaid program and provide additional flexibilities relative to its administration.

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  • Joint Statement Regarding Privacy Breach

    Tuesday, December 22, 2020 | 10:28am

    TennCare, Gainwell Technologies LLC and Axis Direct, Inc. announced today that they have notified approximately 3,300 Medicaid members in the State of Tennessee of a privacy issue that may have impacted their protected health information.

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  • TennCare Comments on Healthy Adult Opportunity Guidance

    Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 01:02pm

    Nashville – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released today new guidance, the Healthy Adult Opportunity initiative, which includes provisions that will support states seeking greater flexibility to improve the health of Medicaid populations. Below is a statement from TennCare in response to the new guidance.

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  • TennCare Director Announces Departure

    Friday, January 17, 2020 | 11:50am

    Nashville – Tennessee’s Division of TennCare director Gabe Roberts announces today he is leaving Tennessee state government to return to the private sector. His anticipated last day will be Monday, March 2, 2020. Governor Lee has not yet named a successor to the position.

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  • Tennessee Receives Grant from Federal Government to Address Opioid Crisis

    Thursday, December 19, 2019 | 03:29pm

    Nashville – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that Tennessee is one of 10 states to receive the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model grant. The purpose of this Model is to assist states in combating the nation’s opioid crisis and address fragmentation in the care of pregnant and postpartum Medicaid beneficiaries with opioid use disorder (OUD).

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  • TennCare's Delivery System Transformation Shows Savings and Improved Outcomes

    Thursday, October 31, 2019 | 10:26am

    Nashville – TennCare, Tennessee’s Medicaid agency, is seeing positive results from several ambitious changes it has made to how health care is paid for and delivered in Tennessee. The reports released today from TennCare on its Delivery System Transformation programs provide the most complete picture to date of how the state’s innovative programs are resulting in improvements in the care that is being received by TennCare members as well as significant savings for Tennessee taxpayers. The three programs are Tennessee Health Link, Patient-Centered Medical Homes, and Episodes of Care.

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  • UT Study: Uninsured Up Slightly in Tennessee, but TennCare Satisfaction High

    Wednesday, October 02, 2019 | 03:20pm

    Affordability continues to be a major hindrance to obtaining health insurance as the percentage of all Tennesseans, adults and children, without coverage increased from 6.7 percent in 2018 to 6.9 percent this year, according to a new report by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This increase is consistent with nationwide trends.

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  • UT Study: Tennessee’s Uninsured Rate Up Slightly Amid Affordability Concerns

    Monday, October 29, 2018 | 01:27pm

    Tennessee’s overall uninsured rate is now at 6.7 percent, an increase from 6.1 percent in 2017 but still well below levels before the Affordable Care Act went into effect in 2014, according to a new report released by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in the University of Tennessee Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business.

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  • UT Study: Tennessee’s Uninsured Number Up Slightly, But Still Near 20-Year Low

    Friday, December 01, 2017 | 09:33am

    A University of Tennessee, Knoxville report released today shows that Tennessee’s overall uninsured rate increased from the 2016 level of 5.5 percent to 6 percent in 2017. Nonetheless, the reported uninsured rate is still at one of the lowest levels in the past two decades. The report entitled The Impact of TennCare: A Survey of Recipients, 2017, released by UT’s Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, summarizes findings from a survey conducted between May and July 2017.

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  • TennCare Contract with Federal Government Finalized

    Friday, December 16, 2016 | 01:00pm

    Nashville – Today Dr. Wendy Long, director of TennCare, the state of Tennessee’s Medicaid program, announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted a five-year extension of Tennessee’s section 1115 demonstration, TennCare II. The new approval period ends on June 30, 2021.

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  • UT Study: Tennessee's Uninsured Numbers Decline for Third Year

    Wednesday, November 02, 2016 | 12:54pm

    KNOXVILLE—For the third year in a row, the estimated number of uninsured people in Tennessee dropped, according to a report released today by the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, which is housed in the Haslam College of Business.

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  • TennCare’s New Approach to Payment Shows Savings

    Wednesday, October 05, 2016 | 01:15pm

    Nashville – Dr. Wendy Long, director of TennCare, the state of Tennessee’s Medicaid program, announced today that doctors and hospitals reduced costs while maintaining quality of care in the first year of TennCare’s episodes of care value-based payment strategy.

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