The CMS has approved the first part of the state of Tennessee's plan to cut enrollment in its expansive Medicaid program, known as TennCare, the state's Department of Finance and Administration said.
Gov. Phil Bredesen wants to cut about a quarter of the 1.3 million enrollees to reduce the cost of the 10-year-old program. Tennessee's program covers the highest percentage of residents of any state -- 23% -- and the cuts would still leave Tennessee among the top 10 states in the country.
The CMS is still considering the second phase of the state's plan, which would set some limits on benefits, including physician visits and prescriptions.