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How do you apply for TennCare?

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Apply for TennCare via Healthcare.gov, by calling 1-800-318-2596 or through postal mail, according to the TennCare website. In addition, customers who go to a Department of Human Services office can get staffers there to help them apply. Private groups can also help with the application process.

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People who have a disability can get a person from the local Area Agency on Aging and Disability to come to their home to help them apply, says the TennCare website. People who apply for TennCare but do not qualify can explore their health insurance options through Healthcare.gov. The TennCare website has an overview that provides potential applicants with some idea if they qualify for TennCare. Children born to Medicaid-eligible women automatically qualify for one year, and then TennCare has to re-evaluate eligibility. TennCare has a newborn presumptive eligibility program for women who are not enrolled in TennCare when they deliver their babies but have incomes that fit eligibility levels.

Pregnant woman, depending on their income levels, can presumptively qualify for TennCare, says the website. They must live in Tennessee and be U.S. citizens or eligible immigrants. They should visit their local health department to get enrolled temporarily but need to submit the full application later. If they make too much money, they may qualify for CoverKids.

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