TennCare May Have to Cut Enrollee Benefits

Nashville, TN – TennCare officials say they will be forced to cut some enrollee benefits if Governor Phil Bredesen asks them to make a 9% reduction in spending. While most agencies have been asked to present plans to cut 6% from their spending for the next budget year, Bredesen has asked them to prepare an additional 3% cut in case economic conditions persist.

TennCare officials say the extra cuts would require changes to benefits, such as a $10,000 annual cap on inpatient care for non-pregnant adults. TennCare director Darin Gordon said that would affect about 5,100 enrollees of the total $1.2 million and save roughly $51 million.