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TennCare officials had data on those cut, but didn't share

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - TennCare officials had detailed information on health conditions of people losing their TennCare coverage but told medical experts creating a safety net program such data did not exist.

Members of the task force charged with creating the safety net program designed to help people cut from TennCare find care said they asked in February for detailed information about people coming off the program.

State officials told them such data was not and would not be available.

Through the state's open records law, The Tennessean newspaper obtained copies of e-mails that show the Bureau of TennCare had generated a computer analysis last year that details the nearly 1,000 illnesses suffered by people expected to be cut from TennCare.

E-mails further show that officials shared this report with BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, which manages care for many TennCare enrollees.

TennCare officials declined to discuss the computer analysis.

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