Session 1: Causes & Impacts of Child Poverty and Why Healthcare Coverage is a Necessity
9am - 10am
The opportunity gap is widening. When systemic failures force families to live in poverty it has lasting effects on the mental and physical health of children. In this session, we will discuss the root causes of child poverty and how it leads to increases in violent crime, poor learning outcomes, and dangerous levels of hunger. We will also learn how to identify ACES and the lasting impact of trauma on a person’s life. Lastly, we will hear from experts to understand why comprehensive healthcare improves child outcomes in every aspect of life and what needs to be done to help our kids.
Session 2: Understanding TennCare & CoverKids Coverage Benefits for Children
Learn how to navigate the maze of health benefits available to children among the various Medicaid and CHIP programs. During this session, we will explain Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit, and what it means for children enrolled in Medicaid. We will also go over the benefits children enrolled in TennCare and CoverKids are entitled to receive including any out-of-pocket expenses. You will also learn about the new Katie Beckett waiver as well as the ECF CHOICES program and the services that can benefit kids.
Session 3: The Eligibility Battle – Navigating the Application, Renewal and Appeals Process
1pm - 2pm
There are several TennCare and Coverkids categories of eligibility that a child may qualify, yet some of these categories are better known than others. During this session we will demystify complexity of eligibility so you can spot coverage for children under the age of 21. Specifically, we will explain the rules governing eligibility for TennCare for Children, TennCare Standard, Coverkids, Medically Needy Spend Down, ECF CHOICES and the Katie Beckett waiver. You will also learn how to navigate the confusing annual renewal process known as redetermination. We will conclude this session an overview of the appeal process.
Session 4: Building a Better Village for Tennessee’s Children – Understanding the Solutions to Child Poverty & Child Hunger
3pm - 4pm
Are Tennessee’s children really receiving everything they need to thrive and succeed? When children live in poverty, not only do they suffer but it negatively affects society as a whole. In the richest nation in the world, child poverty doesn’t have to exist. In a country where 40% of all food is wasted, child hunger doesn’t have to exist. Join us to learn from leading experts about how other nations and states are addressing these problems, what we need to do locally to help kids, and why investing in our children and their mothers help to build a better society and strengthen our economy overall.