TennCare officials have just launched CHOICES in Long-Term Care program in East and West Tennessee, completing the statewide restructuring of long-term care service delivery within TennCare. The CHOICES program supports efforts to offer more home-based options for meeting the long-term care needs of the state’s elderly and adults with physical disabilities, reducing reliance on more costly nursing facility care.
Less than a decade ago, TennCare provided just a few hundred people care with home- and community-based services (HCBS). Great strides have been made in the past few years, and through program expansion, TennCare was able to serve 6,000 Tennesseans in the home and community through an HCBS waiver program.
Under Governor Bredesen’s leadership and with the support of the General Assembly, the Bureau has restructured its long-term care program and has the ability to serve more than 9,500 individuals with HCBS through the CHOICES program. CHOICES now has the potential to nearly double the number of people receiving services in the home and community in the first year – all while using existing state dollars.
To learn more about this recent announcement, visit the TennCare website here.