Tennessee Says Lawsuit Not Needed To Protect Tenncare Applicants

Posted at 4:03 PM, Jun 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 01:55:04-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An attorney for the state of Tennessee said a court order was not needed to protect TennCare applicants because they were no longer being left in indefinite limbo.

The state has been wanting to dismiss a lawsuit filed by applicants on technical grounds.

Much of a Thursday hearing at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati focused on technical issues. But the judges also expressed concern about what could happen to TennCare applicants if the suit were dismissed, vacating an order requiring Tennessee to provide hearings when applications have been delayed.

Samuel Brooke has represented TennCare applicants. He argued that there were still about 100 people a day whose applications were delayed.

Attorney Michael Kirk, representing Tennessee, argued that the people whose applications had not been processed on time were now getting help. 

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