Connectus Offers Nashvillians Assistance with TennCare Re-Enrollment As Hundreds of Thousands are Purged from Coverage Rolls

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With hundreds of thousands of Tennesseans affected by the recent purge in TennCare and CoverKids coverage, Connectus Health is offering a solution. Enrollment counselors are available at the federally qualified health center’s two Nashville locations (601 Benton Ave. and 2637 Murfreesboro Pike) to assist with re-enrollment applications that can be processed instantly, at no cost to the enrollee.

For the more than 98% of Connectus patients who live at or below the U.S. poverty level, the lapse in TennCare can be a matter of life and death.

“It is alarming that thousands of people, and especially children, are suddenly without healthcare coverage,” said Teanesha King, Connectus Enrollment and Financial Counselor. “The re-enrollment process can be overwhelming, but we are qualified and ready to help alleviate the anxieties surrounding this recent news.”

Laura Flemming, a Connectus Midwifery patient, recently ran into roadblocks while trying to process the paperwork required for Medicaid enrollment on her own.

“I reached out to Connectus, and Teanesha graciously and kindly assisted me with the application,” Flemming said. “Being on Medicaid has been incredibly beneficial to my family during my pregnancy, and I am so thankful for Teanesha and the help she gave me when I was unsure how to complete the process on my own.”

The TennCare/CoverKids application process takes about an hour, and appointments should be made by calling 615-292-9770. Anyone needing assistance should bring a photo I.D. and social security card, as well as proof of residency/green card or passport for non-citizens. Translation services are available. Enrollment counselors are available at Connectus’ Vine Hill and Priest Lake clinics Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Connectus enrollment counselors are also able to assist with navigating the healthcare marketplace for those who are not approved for TennCare. The community health center also offers a sliding fee discount and payment plans for patients who qualify.

Jay Sheridan