Will they take my property after I die?

Estate Recovery is the way TennCare collects money from the estates of people who passed away and received TennCare long-term services and supports, such as nursing home care or home and community based services. If TennCare pays for nursing facility and other long term care services, TennCare is required by federal law to recoup these payments after the death of the recipient. This is referred to as “estate recovery.”

Estate recovery is using the value of property you leave behind when you die to pay TennCare back for care you received while you were living. Your “estate” is the property, belongings, money, and other assets that you own at the moment immediately preceding death. Estate recovery only occurs after your death, and your family is not personally responsible for the debt.

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1. What services does the Aging Commission offer?
2. Is a Doctor’s order required to receive services through our agency?
3. Who is eligible to receive services?
4. How do you find out if you qualify for services?
5. What is CHOICES?
6. How do I qualify?
7. Can I get paid to take care of my parent?
8. Will they help me find a home?
9. How long does it take to be enrolled and receive services?
10. Will they take my property after I die?
11. How do I receive services?
12. What services are available?
13. Who qualifies?
14. Do the agencies do background checks on their employees?