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Alcohol & Drug Rehab That Accepts Tenncare Plans

Stepping Stone to Recovery Accepts BlueCare, Amerigroup, and United Healthcare Plans

If you live in the Knoxville area and have health coverage through one of three managed care organizations that provide services to Tennesseans through the state’s TennCare program, Amerigroup, United Healthcare Community Plan, or Blue Cross Blue Shield BlueCare, you have access to a drug and alcohol treatment programs at Stepping Stone to Recovery.

Located near Knoxville, Stepping Stone opened for business in 1989, and through our partnership with TennCare, we offer a quality drug and alcohol rehab experience for those covered by United Healthcare Community Plans, Blue Cross Blue Shield BlueCare, and Amerigroup TennCare plans.

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The Stepping Stone

As part of the Bradford network, we offer care at every level. This makes it possible to customize treatment plans for each patient, matching their needs and circumstances wherever they are.


Stepping Stone’s inpatient rehab centers offer intensive treatment programs for alcohol or drug addiction in a safe, supportive community featuring modern residences and conveniently located near Knoxville, TN.


Stepping Stone’s in-house detox services provide a secure and comfortable starting point for your recovery journey, all while under the vigilant care of our licensed medical and clinical professionals.


As part of the Bradford Network, Stepping Stone offers outpatient rehab services in convenient locations across Tennessee and Alabama.


Our dedication to your sustained recovery extends beyond your initial treatment. The next crucial step for achieving long-term stability in your recovery involves continuing care and the support of recovery coaching.

TennCare History

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Like many states in the country, Tennessee faced an economic crisis of ballooning healthcare costs in the early 1990s, according to a 2007 peer-reviewed article in the publication Managed Care: “Tennessee’s Medicaid expenditures and the costs of caring for the uninsured (rose) rapidly, creating a budget crisis.” Then-Gov. Ned McWherter assembled a team to petition the federal government for waivers from the U.S. Health Care Financing Administration. Those waivers allowed Tennessee leaders to develop a five-year “demonstration” program that eliminated fees for health care services and instead put Tennessee Medicaid patients into managed care programs run by private insurance providers.

Dr. Cyril F. Chang, writing for Managed Care, details how “TennCare moved more than 800,000 Tennesseans who were eligible for Medicaid (the federal insurance program for low-income people) into TennCare. It also opened enrollment to another 500,000 or so people in two expansion groups: the uninsured under 200% of the federal poverty level and those uninsurable because of pre-existing conditions. The total enrollment remained stable over the next ten years, reaching around 1.3 million.”

In 1996, TennCare benefits expanded to include behavioral health care, which was placed under the management of the TennCare Partners program. According to Chang and Stephanie C. Steinberg, writing for the University of Memphis paper “TennCare Timeline,” TennCare Partners began to contract “directly with two separate, capitated behavioral health organizations (BHOs) to provide behavioral health services to all TennCare enrollees.”

 TennCare hasn’t been without its problems, of course. In 2005, instability forced a reorganization that eliminated 170,000 TennCare enrollees and reduced services. However, state officials have worked to meet the needs of Tennessee’s uninsured population even during those financially unstable periods. The most recent changes occurred in 2015 when the state altered its network of managed care organizations that provide TennCare services.

 “Previously,” according to a 2014 article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, “the Bureau of TennCare awarded regional contracts by selecting two companies to operate in each of the three grand regions — West, Middle, and East.” However, seven bidders selected three providers for their ability to “maintain adequate provider networks and provide care within the per-person rates paid for such coverage.” Among them are BlueCare, Amerigroup, and UnitedHealthcare.




    Stepping Stone to Recovery accepts TennCare program insurance plans, including UnitedHealthcare, Amerigroup, and BlueCare. Contact us for a free insurance verification to learn what benefits are available through your plan.

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    Since we opened our doors in 1989, our innovative residential drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs have been making healing and hope possible.

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