CaringStart® Maternity Program

  • CaringStart<sup>®</sup> Maternity Program

CaringStart® Maternity program for pregnant members:

  • Support from obstetric nurses
  • Information about issues that occur before, during and after pregnancy
  • Coordination of services
  • Educational materials

Call CaringStart at 1-888-416-3025, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time. It is a free call.

For additional information, you can read, save or print our booklet.

Other Maternity Resources

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Safe Sleep Video

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HUGS – Help Us Grow Successfully

The HUGS program is a voluntary support program for parents expecting a child or who have a young child. A trained professional will help you by coming to your home to answer questions about your child’s health and development. They also can help connect to… Refer to: HUGS – Help Us Grow Successfully

How To Sign Up Your Baby For TennCare

Important! Here's how to make sure your baby gets on TennCare:

  • After your baby is born, the hospital will give you papers to get a Social Security number for your baby. Fill out those papers and mail them to the Social Security office. Some hospitals will submit papers for you when the baby is born.


How do I know if I can get TennCare?

In order to be eligible for TennCare as a new applicant, you must first qualify for TennCare Medicaid.

  • Go to the Health Insurance Marketplace at []. You can find a computer to use to apply at your local Department of Human Services office.
  • Or call the Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596 (Toll-free).
  • For more information about TennCare Medicaid go to [].

It is important to do these things before your baby is one month old, because your baby is only covered under your insurance for 30 days.

Tennessee Health Connection to check on the status of the request:

If you don’t already have TennCare, or if you need help with TennCare, the Tennessee Health Connection can help you, call us at 1-855-259-0701. It is a free call.

Call to report a change to your address, name, income or the number of people in your household.

Do you need to contact THC by mail? You can reach them by mail at the following address:

Tennessee Health Connection
KPO BOX 305240
Nashville, TN 37230-5240