While the feds have given the state 10 days to address certain issues with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the governor plans a sit down with the new HHS secretary.
Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services director Cindy Mann outlined six areas in which TennCare is noncompliant with ACA requirements, including the ability to process applications, respond to inquiries and verify eligibility. A chief concern is the state's uncompleted computer system, a $35 million project that would streamline enrollment based on federal requirements.
"CMS has engaged with Tennessee on multiple occasions to express concerns about the continued delays in implementing [the Tennessee Eligibility Determination Systems] and the downstream impact those delays are having on the state's ability to enroll eligible individuals," Mann wrote in a letter to TennCare director Darin Gordon.
City a pattern of delays, Mann formally requested the state provide an updated plan outlining TennCare's plan to achieve compliance within 10 days.
"The state has repeatedly expressed reluctance to deploy resources toward adopting mitigation solutions for in-state applications," she said. TennCare has been directing applicants to the federal marketplace in lieu of implementing its own system, which Mann called a "short-term measure, not a long-term solution."
David Fox confirms to Pith he'll be appointing a treasurer this week for his mayoral campaign. The co-founder of NashvillePost.com put in his last day at hedge fund of funds firm Titan Advisors last week and says he's "looking forward to giving [the mayoral race] my undivided attention."
Charles Robert Bone has a half million in the bank:
Charles Robert Bone’s mayoral campaign today announced that the campaign would report over $508,000.00 cash on hand as of the June 30 fundraising deadline.
Nearly 400 individuals have given more than $315,000.00. In addition, Bone, as he has promised since he began his campaign, loaned the campaign $200,000.00. "I believe I should be ready to do whatever I ask others to do," Bone said, "including supporting this campaign financially.”
Bone, who officially announced his candidacy on May 8, held a widely attended campaign kick-off event last month at the newly renovated Acme Feed & Seed building on Broadway. Following the June 25 event Bone reflected, “The energy and enthusiasm was truly unbelievable and was reflective of the diversity in Nashville.” There were over 300 supporters on hand to celebrate the campaign kick-off.
“In just a few short weeks, we’ve raised a substantial amount of money from hundreds of donors. We’re very grateful for their support and look forward to sharing Charles Robert’s vision for our city as the campaign continues,” said Bone for Mayor Treasurer Stacey Garrett.
“While fundraising is important to establishing a credible and well-organized campaign, I fully understand that this campaign is about far more than who can raise the most money.” Bone continued, “Our campaign intends to work day-in and day-out to ensure that each family and community throughout the City has a legitimate opportunity to prosper.”