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Tennessee health care for uninsured and free health insurance plans.

Families who lack health insurance can look into several different programs. The type of services offered to patients in Tennessee are extensive. Some individuals can receive medications, checkups, free health insurance plans or other aid. Children, seniors, infants, and pregnant women are always a focus.

The funding for these programs comes from a variety of sources. The federal government may provide some as part of Medicaid block grants. Non-profits, including local community clinics in the state, also contribute as well as the state of Tennessee. If funding is not available, or if there is a long waiting list, then ask about referrals as well.

Tens of thousands of families in Tennessee lack proper health insurance coverage or they are completely uninsured. Some or all of these programs have helped many people receive the care they need. Or the resources were available at a reduced rate and they have been able to pay their outstanding medical bills as a result.

CoverKids is a government sponsored free healthcare plan for children age 18 and under. Assistance is also offered for pregnant women. It is provided as free and fully comprehensive services, and it is even offered for people whose income is too high for TennCare, which is also regular Medicaid. Some minimal fees, co-pays, and bills may be due from patients. The care provided in very extensive, and includes medications, emergency room services, checkups, dental and free vision care. Dial 866-620-8864 to learn more about this Tennessee resource.

Prescription coverage is offered from CoverRX, and this may be an option for the uninsured and/or residents who lack prescription insurance coverage on their plans. Or it cover people living in poverty. Over 200 medications may be offered, including certain mental health drugs, diabetic supplies, and insulin. Telephone number is 888-560-2649, or find additional prescription medications for the uninsured.

Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Program will offer pap tests, exams, and mammograms free of charge to qualified women in Tennessee. Referrals to specialists at clinics or hospitals may be provided if needed. Call 877-969-6636.




Similar to the kids program referenced above, CoverTennessee, or CoverTN, is low cost, very affordable public health insurance. It will provide basic medical services for eligible families and individuals. The program provides primary and preventive care, however funding is limited by the state and there are only certain enrollment windows. Call 866-268-3786.

PCIP or the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan is health insurance for those denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions and who are currently uninsured. Beneficiaries have a few different plans to choose from with different fee and coverage structures in place. Telephone number is 866-717-5826.

A Drug Assistance Program is offered for HIV and AIDs patients, and is referred to as “Ryan White”. It will help people pay for and purchase any needed medications. A second component can also assist those state residents who have HIV/AIDS by offering help for paying health insurance premiums, co-pays and deductibles that people incur. Last, the Ryan White Part B - Medical Services Program can coordinate and provide for procedures directly or indirectly associated with HIV/AIDS and its related illnesses for uninsured, eligible residents. 800-525-2437

TDAP, or the Tennessee Telecommunications Devices Access Program, can give free devices to persons who have a disability or some form of handicap. The state and this non-profit can distribute items to persons who have a disability. The objective is to ensure people can effectively use basic telephone service in the future effectively without the use of an assistive device. If you are qualified, then only one assistive device per household will be awarded, and this is technically a loan program. Call 800-342-8359

Insulin is provided to the uninsured as well. Cover RX in Tennessee is one option (as noted above), but there are other assistance programs out there, including free supplies, from pharmaceutical companies or the government. Find a list of ways to get free insulin.







TennCare is the state’s version of free health insurance known as Medicaid. It will provide comprehensive medical and health care coverage for needy as well as qualified low income residents of Tennessee. It is offered in partnership with community clinics. Some of the guidelines in place include income limits need to be met, the applicant needs to be a single parent (or caregiver), two parent families with minor child, pregnant, or they need to be receiving SSI. Learn more on Medicaid by calling 866-311-4287, or find a list of community clinics for the uninsured.

A standard version of TennCare is offered. This is the state’s health care program for children from uninsured families. It is only offered for people who are no longer eligible for the federal government Medicaid program. Children need to also be under the age of 19. Dial 866-311-4287.

The Free Tennessee Program for All-Inclusive Care for Elderly is paid for by the Medicare/Medicaid program. The service, known as PACE, allows senior citizens to live at home. The government health insurance / medical plan pays some or all of the bills, addresses home pronunciations, care giving for the uninsured, and comes with other benefits. Read more on Program for All-Inclusive Care for Elderly, or dial 877-224-0219.

TENNder Care provides free checkups and health care services for children who have TennCare. The state will pay for immunizations, medical and dental checkups, behavioral health services, vision/hearing screening, lab tests, and more as part of this free state of Tennessee health insurance plan. Telephone - 800-342-3145

As with most states, Tennessee offers free vaccines for children from uninsured households. Aid is offered through community clinics. A number of diseases are addressed. Call 615-532-8513 for details.


By Jon McNamara

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