Court Cuts Fees for Lawyers for TennCare Patients

AP

NASHVILLE (AP) – A federal appeals court has struck down a significant portion of the $2.57 million in legal fees awarded to attorneys who have represented TennCare patients in a years-long fight with the state of Tennessee.

The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday said attorneys should not have been awarded fees on several billed items, including for such things as meetings with state lawmakers and doing work on a separate case that involved the same issues.

The case concerned the rights of TennCare patients who were appealing being denied health-care services.

The opinion said attorneys had every right to be paid for defending the civil rights of people, but at the same time these kinds of cases could easily become "a way of life" for the lawyers involved.

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