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CHOICES Workshop: A Medicaid Eligibility Master Class
A Virtual Interactive Event

Thursday, January 20, 2022
10:00 am – 12:00 pm CST


For many older adults and people with disabilities, accessing and navigating TennCare’s CHOICES program isn’t easy. Understanding all the processes and nuances of one of the most restrictive programs in the nation can feel daunting and overwhelming. To help healthcare providers, lawyers and advocates unlock these resources for their patients and clients, Tennessee Justice Center is hosting a two-hour virtual workshop focused on cutting through the red tape of the CHOICES program.

During this hands-on simulation, participants with the guidance of our legal team will actively work through a case study featuring a family in need of long-term care support and resources. Join us today! You won’t want to miss this interactive session focused on helping individuals access the home care or nursing home care they need.

The CHOICES workshop is exclusive to 20 attendees only.


  • Overview of financial and medical requirements
  • In-depth review of how estate recovery works
  • Tips on how to apply for medical and financial hardships waivers
  • Guidelines on how to prepare for a pre-admission examination (PAE)
  • Direction on how and when to request a Safety Determination

This workshop has been approved for 2 hours of CEU and CLE continuing education credits.

Pam Wright, Certified Elder Law Attorney – Pam earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her law degree at Duke University. She has extensive experience in working with clients of all ages who have special needs or are facing the challenges of long-term care. She is certified as a specialist in Elder Law by the Board of Certification of the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF). NELF’s Elder Law Certification Program is the only elder law program accredited by the American Bar Association. Pam is a member of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. She is past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the Tennessee Bar Association, a member of the section’s Executive Committee and chaired the T.B.A. Special Committee on Conservatorship Practice and Procedure.

Rob Watkins, Staff Attorney – Rob received his BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his JD from St. Louis University School of Law. He is currently licensed to practice law in Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee. Rob began his legal career as a prosecutor in Decatur, Illinois prior to becoming Assistant Counsel to the Illinois Secretary of State. In addition to being an attorney, Rob has twenty years of business operations experience and has been actively involved in the entrepreneur community in Nashville.
After attending a TJC training on TennCare and the Affordable Care Act in 2013, Rob saw a need to automate the complicated eligibility screening process for the uninsured in Tennessee. After a year of hard work, Rob created AskJane! to fill in the gap. Named after long-time TJC paralegal, Jane Beasley, AskJane! makes navigating the maze of public health benefits more reliable. Utilizing a series of questions, the tool systematically categorizes applicants and identifies potential coverage and calculates eligibility. AskJane! screens not only for TennCare eligibility, but also Medicare savings plans, premium tax credits and cost sharing reductions.