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How to Get Temporary TennCare Right Now

If you are pregnant, you may be eligible to get temporary TennCare right now. This will give you coverage while you complete your TennCare Medicaid application.

You can enroll if your income is under the limit in the table below. You must live in Tennessee, and you must be a U.S. citizen or eligible immigrant.

How to Get Help with Breastfeeding

Starting June 1, 2023, members who have TennCare Medicaid or CoverKids can get help with breastfeeding. You may hear this called lactation benefits.  This help can be in-person or telehealth visits.  You can also get individual or small group help.

Do you want to know more about getting help with breastfeeding? Call your health plan for more information.

TennCare Income Limit for Pregnant Women (2024)

Household Size* Annual Income Monthly Income






















* A pregnant woman is generally counted as a household of two (herself and her baby).

To sign up for presumptive eligibility, go to your local health department. They can enroll you.

Even if you get temporary TennCare, you will need to fill out the whole application.

You can apply for TennCare at

Do you need help applying for TennCare? There are four ways that you can get help:

  1. You can call TennCare Connect for free at 855-259-0701 to get help over the phone.
  2. You can go to any DHS office in any of Tennessee’s 95 counties. A trained staff person there will help you apply. Call 866-311-4287 to find a DHS office near you.
  3. You can get help from private groups. To find someone near you, call 866-475-7879.
  4. If you have a disability, someone can even come to your house to help you apply for TennCare. Just call your local Area Agency on Aging and Disability (AAAD) at 1-866-836-6678.

For more information about applying go to the How Do I Apply for TennCare? web page. Or go to the Eligibility web page for more information on eligibility.

If you are not eligible for TennCare, then you may qualify for CoverKids. To learn about CoverKids and see if you may qualify, you can apply online at or call 855-259-0701 to apply over the phone.

  • If you are already on TennCare or CoverKids, call TennCare Connect at 855-259-0701 when you have your baby.
  • If you do not have TennCare or CoverKids, you can apply for your baby over the phone by calling TennCare Connect at 855-259-0701.

We will help you get your baby enrolled.

If you are a hospital helping to report the birth of a baby and the mom has TennCare or CoverKids, please fill out the Birth Reporting Form.

Birth Reporting Instructions: English or Spanish

Birth Reporting Form: English or Spanish

TennCare wants you to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. The Tennessee Department of Health offers additional resources to help keep mom and baby healthy.