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Medicaid Assessment Update 11-2-2018

Dear TASA Member,

A few weeks ago, TASA was notified by TennCare that an error had been discovered in the legislation for the Medicaid Assessment program for the current state fiscal year, July 2018 to June 2019. This error (referenced below) was discovered while preparing to file the new fiscal year assessment with CMS. CMS will not approve the program with the current language.

Error language:

71-5-1504.  (section E)                      

  • Nine dollars and nine cents ($9.09) per each medicaid transport;

 Correct language:

71-5-1504.  (section E)                      

  • Nine dollars and nine cents per each transport as defined in 71-5-1502(a)(6) and 71-5-1504(b).

 TASA representatives have met with TennCare and the bill sponsors to address this urgent issue. It has been agreed by all parties that we will re-introduce this corrected language as soon as the legislature returns to session in January. The bill sponsor agrees that this should be expedited on all levels to allow the kicker payments to be sent out as soon as possible and retroactive to July 1, 2018. Additionally, TennCare has committed to do everything possible on their end to have data ready as soon as the bill passes.

It is our hope that, although there are no guarantees, we could see kicker payments and assessments resume in March 2019. As the bill is introduced and moves through the legislative process, TASA will post updates on the TASA website.

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