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TennCare expects to delay most cuts for a year

The Tennessean, April 20, 2010

TennCare officials say they would likely delay most of the cuts to the state's Medicaid program proposed earlier this year, but said the reprieve would only be temporary unless lawmakers find new ways to fund it. Officials told lawmakers that a "coverage assessment" proposed by the Tennessee Hospital Association would raise about $203 million, enough money to put off most of their plans to cap benefits for TennCare recipients. The assessment follows a decision in February to let TennCare keep $121 million in money that the state owes the federal government for Medicare prescription drug coverage, The Tennessean reports.