TennCare Ditches Northrop Grumman, Starts Over On Eligibility Computer System

TennCare Ditches Northrop Grumman, Starts Over On Eligibility Computer System
Darin Gordon is the head of TennCare, which has grown by 120,000 this year even though the state has not expanded who qualifies for the health coverage. Credit: TN Photo Services

A year after a contractor failed to deliver a new computer system to TennCare, the agency is starting over. Northrop Grumman won the $35 million project three years ago but has never brought online the new system for determining who is eligible for health benefits.

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Obamacare May Usher More Patients Into TennCare Than First Thought

Obamacare May Usher More Patients Into TennCare Than First Thought
TennCare director Darin Gordon addressed the media after an annual budget hearing with Governor Bill Haslam. The state spends more on TennCare than any other single agency, and its budget is even more complicated as it manages losing some federal reimbursements under ObamaCare, cutting programs no longer needed and managing an influx of enrollments. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

TennCare director Darin Gordon addressed the media after an annual budget hearing with Governor Bill Haslam. The state spends more on TennCare than any other single agency, and its budget is even more complicated as it manages losing some federal reimbursements under ObamaCare, cutting programs no longer needed and managing an influx of enrollments. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN
TennCare director Darin Gordon addressed reporters after an annual budget hearing. The state spends more on TennCare than any other agency, and its budget is complicated by losing some federal reimbursements under ObamaCare, cutting programs no longer needed and managing new enrollments. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

As a result of Obamacare’s online insurance marketplace, more than 9,000 Tennesseans have been *redirected to the state’s Medicaid program known as TennCare. The agency expected a surge of signups, but it didn’t anticipate quite this many. (more…)

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Haslam Heads To Washington With Health Of Hospitals On His Mind

Haslam Heads To Washington With Health Of Hospitals On His Mind
The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that as of July 1, Tennessee is among six states still weighing options on Medicaid expansion. Others include Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania and Utah. Credit: TN Photo Services via Flickr

The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that as of July 1, Tennessee is among six states still weighing options on Medicaid expansion. Others include Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania and Utah. Credit: TN Photo Services via Flickr
The Kaiser Family Foundation reports that as of July 1, Tennessee is among six states still weighing options on Medicaid expansion. Others include Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Pennsylvania and Utah. Credit: TN Photo Services via Flickr

Job cuts and construction delays at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are weighing on Governor Bill Haslam. On Friday, he travels to Washington D.C. in hopes of hammering out a compromise on expanding the state’s Medicaid program – a move that has been characterized as vital to the health of Tennessee hospitals. (more…)

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