It can take a while to receive an answer from TennCare. For most categories of TennCare, it can take up to 45 days to find out if you are eligible and up to 90 days if you have applied for CHOICES.  Once approved, your coverage start date will most likely be the date of your application.

It is important to watch your mail for a letter from TennCare asking for more information about your application.  TennCare usually asks for proof of your income or your citizenship status.  Please pay attention to any deadlines contained in the letter.

If more than 45 days (or 90 days for CHOICES) has passed since you applied, you must file an appeal.  For help filing an appeal, please call us 1-877-608-1009.