TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Jul 23, 2014

Three nonprofit legal firms today filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of Tennessee, contending TennCare illegally denied residents of Medicaid coverage, the Tennessean reports. The Southern Poverty Law Center, the Tennessee Justice Center and the National Health Law Program are representing the plaintiffs in the suit, which comes on the heels of a letter the federal Medicaid director sent state officials for failing to meet six of seven critical success factors required by federal health care law. According to the groups’ joint press release, Tennessee makes it harder than any other state to enroll in its Medicaid program by forcing applicants to apply for TennCare through the federal Health Insurance Marketplace website, which was not designed for this purpose.