Lawmakers want a TennCare special session - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Lawmakers want a TennCare special session

Three state lawmakers are asking Governor Bredesen to call a special legislative session to help Tennesseans losing their TennCare coverage.

The Democratic lawmakers sent a letter Friday to Bredesen and the speakers of the House and Senate, saying those losing health insurance through TennCare deserve one last opportunity to appeal to the Legislature.

Lawmakers could use the special session to raise money to keep more people on the program or figure out a better way to provide a safety net for the disenrolled, said state Senator Doug Jackson of Dickson, one of the letter's authors.

The other lawmakers involved in the request are Representative David Shepard of Dickson and Representative John Tidwell of New Johnsonville.

Bredesen hasn't read the letter, but his spokeswoman, Lydia Lenker, said he is only considering a special session to strengthen ethics laws.

Some 190-thousand TennCare enrollees are in the process of losing access to the state insurance program for the poor, elderly and disabled, while those left on the program face limits on medical services and medications.

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