TennCare is the state of Tennessee's Medicaid program. This program is designed to provide health care insurance to low-income children, pregnant women, parents of minor children, the elderly and people with disabilities. TennCare eligibility information can be found here. If you do not qualify for TennCare there are other health care options available to you. Information about those options can be found below.
Federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Program
Community Health Centers
Other Community and Charity Options
Tennessee's county health department clinics provide an array of services including immunizations, well child/EPSDT screenings, WIC and nutrition services, breast and cervical cancer screening, family planning, birth and death certificates, children's special services, HIV testing and counseling, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment and communicable disease control. Some locations also offer primary health care, and a few offer dental care. Most services are offered on a sliding fee scale based on income.
Click here to locate a Health Department Clinic in your area.
Public health dental clinics provide clinical dental services to segments of the population that would otherwise not receive care. Dental facilities housed within local health departments are located in 53 of 89 rural counties and all six metropolitan regions. Clinical dental services are provided on a part-time or full-time basis, depending on the location. Specific information on availability of services or eligibility guidelines can be obtained from the local health department in the county of interest. Three mobile dental clinics located in the Mid-Cumberland, Northeast, and West Tennessee Regions have been operating this year in an effort to provide access to dental services for high risk children in underserved areas.
Click here to find out more about dental clinics in Tennessee.
In Tennessee, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) is run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The PCIP is designed to make insurance available to those without insurance who have or have had a medical condition, disability or illness. Members of the PCIP must pay monthly premiums. To qualify for coverage you must:
Click here to find out more information about the PCIP.
FQHCs are community-based organizations that provide comprehensive primary care and preventative care including health, oral and mental health/substance abuse services. They serve all uninsured and underinsured individuals. FQHCs will provide services regardless of a person's ability to pay. They charge for services based on a sliding scale that is based on an individual's household income.
Click here for a list of FQHCs in Tennessee.
CoverKids provides low-cost, comprehensive health coverage for qualifying children 18 and younger. The coverage includes an emphasis on preventive health services and coverage for physician services, hospital visits, vaccinations, well-child visits, healthy babies program, developmental screenings, mental health, vision and dental care. There are low co-pays for medical services, though well-child visits and immunizations are covered at 100 percent.
Click here for more information on CoverKids.
CoverRx is a pharmacy assistance program designed to assist those who have no pharmacy coverage, but have a need for medication. CoverRx provides participants affordable access to more than 250 generic medications in addition to some name brands of insulin and of mental health medications.
Click here for more information about CoverRX
AccessTN provides comprehensive health insurance for Tennesseans who are uninsurable due to pre-existing medical conditions. Three different plans are available with varying deductibles and participants can select the plan that is best for their situation. Members of AccessTN pay monthly premiums for comprehensive health coverage. Monthly premiums are based on current market rates.
Click here for more information on AccessTN.
Your community may have charity care or clinics available to residents who live there. Check with your local city or county government, churches, or clinics to see what options are available where you live.