JOHNSON CITY (AP) Gov. Phil Bredesen began hearing suggestions Wednesday from doctors, nurses and other health professionals on how to fine-tune his proposed reform of TennCare at the Quillen School of Medicine.
While the care providers were generally positive and pleased that somebody is trying to revamp TennCare, they raised concerns about how Bredesen's proposed benefit reductions would affect some patients.
Bredesen proposes limiting prescriptions to six per month for about a third of TennCare's 1.3 million enrollees, part of a package of benefit limits he proposed to lawmakers Tuesday night. Bredesen's reform package aims to limit TennCare spending to about 26 percent of the annual state budget. He estimates his changes could save $1 billion annually by 2008.
Most of the benefit reductions wouldn't apply to pregnant women, children and the disabled about 859,000 people but Bredesen acknowledged limits, particularly on prescription drugs, are a difficult thing.