Estate Recovery is the way TennCare collects money from the estates of people who passed away and received TennCare long-term services and supports, such as nursing home care or home and community based services. If TennCare pays for nursing facility and other long term care services, TennCare is required by federal law to recoup these payments after the death of the recipient. This is referred to as “estate recovery.”
Estate recovery is using the value of property you leave behind when you die to pay TennCare back for care you received while you were living. Your “estate” is the property, belongings, money, and other assets that you own at the moment immediately preceding death. Estate recovery only occurs after your death, and your family is not personally responsible for the debt.
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Our Aging network partners receive funding from us to provide services such as:
Only the CHOICES program requires a medical history and physical requires prior to determining if someone is eligible. None of the other programs require any communication with a physician to determine eligibility.
Seniors and adults with disabilities are eligible to receive services.
You can find out if you qualify for services by dialing 901-222-4111 for the Information and Assistance line.
TennCare CHOICES in Long-Term Services and Supports (or CHOICES for short) is for adults (age 21 and older) with a physical disability and seniors (age 65 and older). CHOICES offers services to help a person live in their own home or in the community. These services are called Home and Community Based Services or HCBS. These services can be provided in the home, on the job, or in the community to assist with daily living activities and allow people to work and be actively involved in their local community. CHOICES also provides care in a nursing home if this is needed.
To qualify and remain in CHOICES Groups 1 and 2, you must:
To qualify for Medicaid long-term services and supports:
Consumer Direction is a way of getting some of the home care you need that offers more choice and control over WHO gives your home care and HOW your care is given than receiving CHOICES services and not consumer directing. You actually employ the people who provide some of your home care services – they work for you instead of an agency. This means you must be able to do the things that an employer would do – like hire, train, and schedule workers.
It can’t be your mother, father, sister, brother, or grandchild.
TENNCARE does not help with housing.
It takes 45-60 days.
Call 901-222-4111 and you can be screened over the phone.
The services available are:
To qualify, you must be: