Daily Show to Take on TennCare Lottery

The Daily Show will be doing a spoof segment on Tennessee’s dialing-for-healthcare program, TennCare Spend Down, the Tennessean political blog reports. Tennessee launched Spend Down in 2010 to help people with low incomes and high medical bills gain access to TennCare who would not normally qualify for the state’s Medicaid program. The state has never set up an effective way to process applications so two to three times a year it opens up a telephone line, the blog states. People end up doing competitive dialing to get an application. Critics compare it to a lottery. Tennessee Justice Center staff attorney Michele Johnson confirmed that the show filmed footage at the TJC last week as part of the story.