Court: State must provide TennCare applicants fair hearing

A federal appeals court has upheld an order requiring Tennessee’s Medicaid program to provide applicants with a fair hearing if it cannot process their requests on time.
    
By law, applications for most forms of Medicaid should be processed within 45 days. Applications based on disability are allowed 90 days.
    
A federal judge in Nashville issued a temporary order in September 2014 requiring the state to provide hearings to those whose applications were not timely processed. The judge also granted the suit class-action status, meaning anyone in a similar situation to the original plaintiffs could be considered a plaintiff.
    
The state appealed, asking the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to dismiss the suit on technical grounds.
    
On Monday, a 6th Circuit panel ruled 2-1 in favor of the TennCare applicants.

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