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TennCare

TennCare is Tennessee’s Medicaid program. The program offers health insurance to more than 1.4 million low-income children, pregnant women, parents of minor children, and people who are elderly or disabled. You can apply for TennCare at www.healthcare.gov. If you have questions about the program or are currently covered by TennCare and need assistance you can call 1-855-259-0701.

There are two different types of TennCare assistance:

TennCare Medicaid is for Tennesseans who are eligible for a Medicaid program, including:

  • Children under age 21
  • Women who are pregnant
  • Single parents or caretakers of a minor child (the child must live with you and be a close relative)
  • Two-parent families with a minor child living at home when one of the parents:
    • Has lost their job or had their work hours cut, or
    • Has a health or mental health problem expected to last 30 days (the state Department of Human Services will need proof from your doctor)
  • Women who need treatment for breast or cervical cancer
  • People who get a Supplemental Security Income check
  • People who have gotten both an SSI check and a Social Security check in the same month at least once since April 1977 AND who still get a Social Security check
  • A person who:
    • Lives in a nursing home and has income below $2,022 per month, or
    • Gets other long-term care services that TennCare pays for


TennCare Standard is available only for children under age 19 who are already enrolled in TennCare Medicaid and:

  • Who lack access to group health insurance through their parents' employers, or
  • Whose time of eligibility is ending and they don't qualify anymore for TennCare Medicaid

For these children, the Department of Human Services will determine if they qualify for TennCare Standard.

What does TennCare cover?

TennCare covers services that are medically necessary. Some of the common covered services include:

  • Medical care
  • Dental services
  • Prescriptions
  • Transportation
  • Hospital services
  • X-rays
  • Physical, speech or occupational therapy
  • Mental health services

If you have questions about a covered service, call your health plan for more information. Or, you can call the Family Assistance Service Center at 866-311-4287.

How do I apply for TennCare?

You can apply for your family by:

Where can I find more information about TennCare?

You can learn more and find answers about:

If you have any questions, call Tennessee Health Connection at 1-855-259-0701.

Learn about TennCare Kids checkups and health care services for children who have TennCare.