TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Aug 15, 2014

In a memo filed last night, attorneys for the state asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit filed against TennCare officials accusing them of creating months-long delays for thousands of Tennesseans trying to apply for Medicaid. Attorneys argued that the long delays are not in their hands, but are the fault of the federal government. “In short,” state attorneys wrote, “Plaintiffs allege an injury that results directly from the actions or inactions of the [federally-facilitated marketplace].” The initial lawsuit was filed last month by three legal advocacy groups — the Tennessee Justice Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Health Law Program — on behalf of 11 people who have waited two and three times the federal limit to learn whether they will be receive Medicaid coverage. The Chattanooga Times Free Press has more.