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Medicaid Eligibility Master Class – A Virtual Training Event

Mastering the Red Tape Maze of Medicaid

Hosted by Tennessee Justice Center

October 27 – 28, 2020

 

This course has been approved by the Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance for 10 continuing education hours for Navigators and Certified Application Counselors. This course has also been approved for 10.5 hours of continuing legal education (CLEs) by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

Understanding how best to access Medicaid benefits continues to be a challenge for those healthcare providers looking to maximize their budgets and better serve their patients. To address these challenges, the Tennessee Justice Center will be hosting a two-day virtual training event redesigned and reimagined to provide healthcare providers and advocates with the knowledge, insights and tools they need to successfully navigate the red tape maze of Medicaid. Led by TJC’s knowledgeable legal team, you won’t want to miss these informative sessions, virtual discussion groups, and moderated panels to help you master Tennessee’s ever-shifting policies and practices.

Register today and become a certified TJC Master Class graduate! Register Here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_4NdlhuO5QKWPciIIKxeg1A

For more information or questions about registering for the Medicaid Eligibility Master Class, please email info@tnjustice.org or call us at 1-877-608-1009.

 

TRAINING AGENDA

 

DAY ONE: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27

 

8:30AM – 9:30AM CST

Beacons of Hope

In the midst of a global pandemic and political unrest, the healthcare industry continues to be overwhelmed by the health crisis and low-income Tennesseans are getting left behind. To kick off our two-day event, Michele Johnson, Executive Director of Tennessee Justice Center, virtually welcomes attendees with a message of hope to inspire health advocates fighting to get their neighbors access to healthcare.

The Three Not So Wise Medicaid Methodologies

All Medicaid categories use one of three different methodologies for counting households, income and resources. To understand best how to navigate the differences, our presenter for this session, Rob Watkins, Staff Attorney for Tennessee Justice Center, will share how to accurately determine the household size, countable income to determine TennCare and Coverkids eligibility.

10:30AM – 11:30AM CST

Getting Coverage for Non-Disabled Adults 

Not all medical situations are created equal making it even more difficult to determine which Medicaid category adults over 21 best qualify for. During this session, Mary Moore of the Tennessee Justice Center, outlines the myriad of category options available for non-disabled adults including caretaker relatives, Medicare Savings Programs, hospice care and institutional Medicaid based on 30 days of confinement in a medical facility.

12:00PM – 1:00PM CST

Lunch N Learn Session

Still have questions that need to be answered? Presenters from the Tennessee Justice Center will be available to answer additional attendee questions from the morning sessions. Bring your lunch and join the conversation!

1:30PM – 2:30PM CST

Navigating TennCare Connect System: What to Watch For

It’s no secret that the TennCare Connect portal is complex and stymied with many pitfalls and challenges awaiting advocates trying to help someone apply for coverage. In this session, Rob Watkins of the Tennessee Justice Center will share how to accurately use the system as well as how income, resources, and expenses can affect eligibility for a given category.

3:30PM – 4:30PM CST

CHOICES: Navigating the Financial Requirements

Understanding all the processes and nuances of the CHOICES program can feel daunting and overwhelming. In this session, Katie Ann Twiggs from the Tennessee Justice Center will provide an overview of financial requirements for getting senior adults access to long-term care in a nursing facility or in the home/community, including the treatment of resources, creating a Qualified Income Trust (QIT), how the state recovery works, and applying for hardship waivers.

 

DAY TWO: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28

 

8:30AM – 9:30AM CST

Welcome Back

Michele Johnson, Executive Director of the Tennessee Justice Center, welcomes back attendees to the Master Class.

CHOICES: Satisfying the Medical Requirements

The start of day two continues with a focus on adults with an overview of the Pre-Admission Evaluation (PAE) process and how the acuity scale is used to measure assistance with Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) as well as safety determinations.

10:30AM – 11:30AM CST

Getting Coverage for Kids & Pregnant Women

Healthy children are happy children, and ensuring they have access to healthcare from the womb to adulthood is essential. In this session, our presenter will outline the many category options available for children under 21 and pregnant women.

12:00PM – 1:00PM CST

Lunch N Learn Session

Still have questions that need to be answered? Presenters from the Tennessee Justice Center will be available to answer additional attendee questions from the previous sessions. Bring your lunch and join the conversation!

1:30PM – 2:30PM CST

Getting Coverage for Individuals with Disabilities

During this session learn about the Tennessee Medicaid categories that cover individuals with disabilities focusing on the lesser-known categories for former SSI recipients. This session will also touch on the Katie Beckett waiver program for children with complex medical needs, as well as Employment and Community First (ECF) CHOICES and the DIDD waiver programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In this session, Vanessa Zapata of the Tennessee Justice Center, will explain these programs and tell you how to navigate the application and renewal process.

3:30PM – 4:30PM CST

Health Policy Updates & Advocacy Opportunities

In this closing session of our two-day event, a panel of speakers from Tennessee Justice Center will share their insights and perspectives on potential policy changes to be on the lookout for over the next 12-months as well as ways attendees can become local advocates.

 

Questions! Ask Us Anything

Still have questions that need to be answered? A panel of Tennessee Justice Center speakers are available to answer attendee questions about Medicaid Eligibility or about the work we do to improve health access in our state.