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Long-Term Services & Supports

To Qualify for CHOICES

 

To qualify for and remain in CHOICES, you must:

  • Need the level of care provided in a nursing home; OR
  • Be "at risk" of needing the level of care provided in a nursing home; AND
  • Qualify for Medicaid long- term services and supports

To qualify for Medicaid long-term services and supports: (1) Your income can't be more than $2,163 per month (If it is, you may be able to set up a Qualifying Income Trust); (2) The total value of things you own can't be more than $2,000 (The home where you live doesn't count); AND (3) You can't have given away or sold anything for less than what it's worth in the last five (5) years.

There are three CHOICES groups:

CHOICES Group 1 is for people of all ages who receive nursing home care. For more information about nursing home care please click here.

CHOICES Group 2 is for adults (age 21 and older) with a physical disability and seniors (age 65 and older) who qualify to receive nursing home care, but choose to receive HCBS instead.

CHOICES Group 3 is for adults (age 21 and older) with a disability and seniors (age 65 and older) who don’t qualify for nursing home care, but need a more moderate package of HCBS to delay or prevent the need for nursing home care.

To enroll in CHOICES and receive home care services:
(1) Your TennCare health plan (or Managed Care Organization) must be able to  meet your needs safely at home; AND (2) If you qualify for nursing home care, the cost of your home care can't be more than the cost of nursing home care. The cost of your home care includes any home health or private duty nursing care that you need. If you don’t qualify for nursing home care, but do qualify for the “at risk” level of care, the cost of your CHOICES home care can’t be more than $15,000 per year. That doesn’t include the cost of any minor home modifications you may need.

What Home Care services are covered in CHOICES?