Tenn. says lawsuit not needed to protect TennCare applicants

An attorney for the state of Tennessee says a court order is not needed to protect TennCare applicants because they are no longer being left in indefinite limbo.

The state wants to dismiss a lawsuit filed by applicants on technical grounds. Much of a Thursday hearing at the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati focused on technical issues. But the judges also expressed concern about what could happen to TennCare applicants if the suit were dismissed, vacating an order requiring Tennessee to provide hearings when applications are delayed.

Samuel Brooke represents TennCare applicants. He argued that there are still about 100 people a day whose applications are delayed.

Attorney Michael Kirk, representing Tennessee, argued that the people whose applications are not processed on time are now getting help.

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