Human Services Department hits TennCare program caller goal in one hour

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 12:52pm
Staff reports

The Tennessee Department of Human Services said Wednesday it achieved its goal of 2,500 callers to be registered for the second round of Standard Spend Down open enrollment.

The department hit its goal in just over an hour after phone lines opened at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Standard Spend Down is available through a waiver to the Medicaid program for a limited number of low-income individuals, or those with high, unpaid medical bills who are aged, blind, disabled or the caretaker relative of a Medicaid-eligible child. Income and resource limits also apply.

The department said individuals who called Tuesday to request an application will be screened to determine if they are already receiving TennCare benefits. If so, they will receive a letter informing them that they are already enrolled in the program. Those who are not currently enrolled in TennCare will be sent an application for the Standard Spend Down program in the next two weeks, and recipients must mail completed forms back to DHS within 30 days.

For more information on the Standard Spend Down program, including eligibility requirements, visit the TennCare website at