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Federal Government approves Tennessee Medicaid Block Grant Waiver Amendment

 

Tennessee State GovernmentNashville, TN – After more than a year of discussions and negotiations with the federal government, Tennessee’s Medicaid “Block Grant” waiver amendment received approval today by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Tennessee is the first state in the nation to be granted approval for this type of block grant arrangement, which will result in an innovative, alternative financing arrangement for its Medicaid program and provide additional flexibilities relative to its administration.

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President Donald Trump has Lowered Costs, Increased Medicare Options by Favoring Market Competition

 

The White HouseWashington, D.C. – “For almost four years, President Donald Trump has promoted reforms to Medicare that favor market competition over Washington meddling,” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma writes in the Houston Chronicle.
 
“The results are in: America’s seniors today enjoy a stronger program that offers more and better benefits at lower costs . . . Combined, beneficiaries have saved approximately $3.4 billion in Medicare Advantage and Part D premium costs since 2017.”

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Tennessee Receives Grant from Federal Government to Address Opioid Crisis

 

Tennessee Division of TennCareNashville, TN – The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that Tennessee is one of 10 states to receive the Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model grant. 

The purpose of this Model is to assist states in combating the nation’s opioid crisis and address fragmentation in the care of pregnant and postpartum Medicaid beneficiaries with opioid use disorder (OUD).  

TennCare recipient of the Maternal Opioid Misuse Model grant to combat opioid misuse among expectant mothers and improve care for children impacted by the crisis.

TennCare recipient of the Maternal Opioid Misuse Model grant to combat opioid misuse among expectant mothers and improve care for children impacted by the crisis.

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Lamar Alexander says To Celebrate Halloween, Senate Democrats Have Come Up With a Scary Fairytale Without an Ounce of Truth

 

U.S. SenateWashington, D.C. – Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today said “to celebrate Halloween, Senate Democrats have come up with a scary fairytale without an ounce of truth.”

Alexander made his remarks today on the Senate floor before Democrats tried unsuccessfully to block the Trump Administration from giving states more flexibility to offer affordable health insurance—known as a Section 1332 waiver that was created as part of the Affordable Care Act. The Senate rejected the Democrat effort by a vote of 52-43.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander

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Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance warns Seniors of Genetic Testing Scams

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) is warning consumers about Genetic Testing Scams aimed at Seniors to collect their personal information.

That is way TDCI is joining other state and national regulators to warn consumers about reports of people claiming to represent genetic testing firms who are visiting senior living communities, assisted living facilities and senior centers to swab seniors’ cheeks purportedly to collect genetic material in order to screen for cancer or other life-threatening diseases.

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Tennessee Department of Health Works to Improve Dementia Care

 

Tennessee Department of Health (TDH)

Tennessee Department of HealthNashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is working with partner agencies to improve care for those living with dementia.

One vital part of this effort is the ongoing work to reduce unnecessary use of antipsychotic medications among residents living with dementia within Tennessee nursing homes.

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, a general term for loss of memory and other abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.

Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, a general term for loss of memory and other abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life.

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Urges Consumers To Be Wary of Scammers Ahead of New Medicare Cards

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN -With new Medicare cards slated to arrive in Tennessee sometime after June, the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) is warning Medicare beneficiaries to be wary of scammers who might use the cards’ pending arrival as an opportunity to fleece unsuspecting consumers.

Federal laws enacted last year required the removal of Social Security numbers (SSNs) from old Medicare beneficiary cards.

New Medicare Card

New Medicare Card

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Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Shares Carrier’s Rate Filings for 2018 Marketplace

 

Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance - TDCINashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) releases the insurance rates requested by carriers offering coverage on the Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) ahead of Open Enrollment for 2018.

The deadline for rate requests was July 1st and three carriers filed rates with the Department.

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3-Star Health Task Force Report, An alternative to Insure Tennessee

 

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – The recent report from the 3-Star Health Task Force is now in the books and deserves great scrutiny and a modicum of praise for their work.

You will recall the task force was appointed by Speaker of the House Beth Harwell in response to the growing need to address the rising number of Tennesseans who fall into the “coverage gap”, or those who don’t qualify for the state run TennCare nor the Health Care Marketplace policies made available by the Affordable Care Act.

Allow me to applaud Speaker Harwell for creating the Task Force in the face of brisk criticism for the Tennessee General Assembly’s inaction in addressing the need for more Tennesseans to have access to health care options through a viable health insurance plan.

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts

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Bi-Partisan Representatives Applaud Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Proposed 90-Day Reporting Period

 

Congressman Marsha Blackburn

7th District of Tennessee

U.S. Congress

Washington, D.C. – Representatives Renee Ellmers (R-NC), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Doris Matsui (D-CA) issued statements after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the proposed rule to reinstate a 90-day electronic health record (EHR) reporting period for physicians and hospitals under the Meaningful Use (MU) Program.

Under stringent mandates in place under the Meaningful Use (MU) program providers were penalized for not meeting burdensome electronic health record (EHR) reporting requirements.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

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