State Readies for Fourth Round of Standard Spend Down

Nashville – The TennCare Standard Spend Down program will again offer open enrollment opportunities to new applicants on Tuesday, February 21, 2012 beginning at 6:00p.m. CST.

Standard Spend Down is available through a waiver to the Medicaid program for a limited number of qualified low income individuals, or those with high, unpaid medical bills who are aged, blind, disabled, or the caretaker relative of a Medicaid eligible child.  Eligible individuals must have enough unpaid medical bills to meet the “spend down” threshold to qualify for coverage.

“We are pleased to again be able to open enrollments in the Standard Spend Down program,” said DHS Commissioner Raquel Hatter.  “This program offers additional assistance to qualified low-income individuals or those with very high medical bills who are not already on TennCare.”

A special call-in phone line through DHS has been set up for interested applicants.  The only way to request an application is by calling the toll-free number 1-866-358-3230 which will be open between 6:00p.m. and 8:30p.m. CST on February 21st.  Operators will close the phone line once 2,500 applicants call in. 

More information on the Standard Spend Down program and more detailed eligibility criteria are available on TennCare website: