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  • If you need any help with TennCare, call the Tennessee Health Connection for free.
    Their number is 1-855-259-0701.

    Do you need help with TennCare?

    Help Applying for TennCare

    Do you want help applying for TennCare? There are at least three ways that you can get help:

    1. You can go to any DHS office in any of Tennessee’s 95 counties.  A trained staff person there will help you apply.  Over 350 state employees are trained to help you.  Click here to find the DHS office in your county.

    2. You can get help from private groups.  Click here to find someone near you.  You can also call 1-866-720-1711.

    3. You can call also 1-800-318-2596 to apply directly over the phone. 

    If you need help getting Long Term Care or you want to apply for the Medicare Savings Program, click here.

    TennCare CHOICES in Long Term or a Medicare Savings Program

    Do you want to apply for TennCare CHOICES in Long Term or a Medicare Savings Program, like QMB or SLMB? Click on link below.


    For other places you can call for help:



    Are You Waiting for a Decision on Your Application for Medicaid?

    TennCare can help. Some people applied at healthcare.gov but have still not gotten a decision. Have you waited for a decision for more than 45 days (or more than 90 days if you applied for long-term care)? You can now ask for a “delay hearing”. To ask for a delay hearing, call us at 1-855-259-0701. OR click here. If you click on the link, fill out the page and follow the instructions. That page tells you how to send it to us by mail or fax. Click here to find out more.

    Do you have a new baby (12 months old or less) that you’re trying to enroll?

    You may be able to enroll your baby right now. TennCare and CoverKids have made it easy to enroll newborns over the phone:

    • Do you already have TennCare? Call 1-855-259-0701 when your baby is born.
    • Do you have CoverKids? Call 1-866-620-8864 when your baby is born.
    • If you don’t have TennCare or CoverKids, you can apply for your baby over the phone. Call 1-855-259-0701.


    Reporting changes

    Tell TennCare about changes to your address, family size, or job.

    State law says you must tell us about changes that may affect your TennCare.

    If you have TennCare Medicaid, you must report these changes within 10 days of the change.

    If you have TennCare Standard, you must report these changes within 30 days of the change.

    Call the Tennessee Health Connection right away if:

    • You move.
    • You change jobs.
    • Your family size changes.
    • Your income changes.
    • You get insurance or can get insurance through your job or a family member's job.

    AND, you must give us the proof we need to make the change. The Tennessee Health Connection will tell you the kinds of proof we need. Questions?  Call the Tennessee Health Connection for free at 1-855-259-0701.

    Do you get SSI?

    If so, you must tell the Social Security Administration about your changes too! Do you need the phone number to your local SSA office? Find your local SSA office.

    Or, check the blue pages in your local phone book.

    "Keeping TennCare"

    You must renew your TennCare every year. When it's time for you to renew, you'll get a letter from TennCare that tells you how.

    HIPAA plans

    Do you need a list of companies that sell HIPAA plans?