By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Taxpayers lost almost $1.5 million last year because state officials failed to identify 24 people who were ineligible for the state’s AccessTN program but participated anyway, according to a recently released audit by state comptrollers.
AccessTN was created to provide health insurance to state residents who are uninsurable because of pre-existing medical conditions.
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee contracts with the Department of Finance and Administration and makes eligibility determinations for the program and administers health-care coverage to eligible members.
Auditors examined the processes used by the finance department to determine applicants’ eligibility and to determine whether their processes were appropriate.
Auditors also found that two members’ application packets lacked sufficient information to determine if they were eligible for AccessTN benefits.
Tennessee Watchdog contacted the state’s TennCare agency, which oversees the program, for comment. TennCare spokeswoman Sarah Tanksley said a response to the audit is forthcoming.
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