The CMS and the state of Tennessee have agreed on a three-year extension of the Medicaid waiver that allows the states TennCare program to continue, the governors office announced.
The new agreement sets an annual cap of $540 million, or $1.62 billion over the three years of the waiver, on payments that TennCare can make to hospitals to offset the costs of treating uninsured patients not covered by TennCare.
The program has paid hospitals $1.7 billion for uninsured patients over the past three years. The state will have to manage TennCare carefully to stay within its financial constraints and possibly expand eligibility for certain adults whose high medical bills threaten poverty, said Dave Goetz, commissioner of the state Department of Finance & Administration. -- by Vince Galloro
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