FindHelpTN Program Glossary

Families First/TANF

Families First is a temporary assistance program for needy families living in Tennessee. Families who qualify for Families First benefits receive monthly cash payments.

To find out more about Families First/TANF, visit or call 1-866-311-4287.


TennCare is Tennessee's Medicaid program for health care. Some of the groups TennCare covers are: children, pregnant women, parents under certain conditions, people who get SSI, and people in nursing homes or getting long term care in their homes. Each group has different income limits. Some of the groups also have limits on how much you own – your "resources" or assets.

To find out more about TennCare eligibility, visit


QMB (or Qualified Medicare Beneficiary) pays the Medicare premium, coinsurance and deductibles for eligible individuals. You must have Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and meet income limits.

To find out more about the QMB program, visit


The QI (Qualified Individual) and SLMB (Special Low Income Medicare Beneficiary) programs pay the Medicare Part B premiums for eligible individuals. You must have Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and meet income limits.

To find out more about the QI and SLMB programs, visit

Food Stamps/SNAP

The Food Stamp program helps low-income families buy nutritious food they otherwise could not afford. Food stamp benefits are also available to qualifying families, elderly people, and single adults. Food stamp benefits are issued with a debit-card called an EBT card that can be used to buy food items.

To find out more about Food Stamps/SNAP, visit or call 1-866-311-4287.


CoverKids provides free, comprehensive health coverage for eligible pregnant women and children age 18 and younger.

To find out more about CoverKids, visit or call 1-866-620-8864.

Note: Even if your child is over-income for CoverKids, you still may be able to "buy in" and purchase coverage for a monthly premium. Call 1-866-620-8864 to find out more.


CoverRx offers affordable prescription drugs to Tennesseans who do not have pharmacy coverage. The program covers more than 250 generic medications in addition to some name brands of insulin and of mental health medications.

CoverRx is not health insurance and will not cover doctor's visits or hospitalizations. CoverRx has no monthly premiums, just affordable copays which vary with income.

To find out more about CoverRx, visit or call 1-888-560-2649.


SSI means Supplemental Security Income. The SSI program makes payments to people with low income who are age 65 or older or are blind or have a disability. For 2009, SSI checks are $674 ($1,011 for couples) , but payments increase a little each year.

To find out more about SSI, visit or call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.

Free/Reduced Lunch

The Free and Reduced Lunch program provides free or reduced cost school breakfasts, school lunches, and after-school snacks to low-income students. This program provides nutritious meals and snacks for students in public and private schools and Residential and Child Care Institutions.

To find out more about this program, visit or call (615)532-4714 or 1-800-354-FOOD (3663).


LIHEAP (Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) is a heating and cooling program for low-income Tennessee families. Tennessee households living at or below 125 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for LIHEAP assistance, as long as funding is available. LIHEAP assistance does not go directly to the family. Direct payments are made to the local utility company or energy supplier.

To find out more about LIHEAP, visit


WIC (or Women, Infants and Children) provides supplemental food items to approximately 155,000 eligible participants each month. Participants are pregnant and breastfeeding women, infants and young children under five years of age who are at risk of poor growth, who meet the required income guidelines.

To find out more about WIC, visit or call (615) 741-7218 or 1-800-342-5942.

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