Campbell orders agency to provide timely determinations, hearings
By Emily Kubis
The federal lawsuit filed against TennCare by three legal advocacy groups is now a class action, based on an order filed Tuesday afternoon by Judge Todd Campbell.
Filed in July by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Tennessee Justice Center and the National Health Law program, the suit alleges that Tennessee’s Medicaid agency, TennCare, has failed to comply with federal requirements.
Specifically, the suit centers on the requirement that applications for TennCare must be processed within 45 days. If that deadline cannot be met, a hearing must be held. The advocacy groups allege that several plaintiffs in the case had their applications pending for more than 200 days.