She’s a retired nurse who can’t remember her own medicine regimen, let alone keep her husband on his. He’s a former electrical engineer with a debilitating neuromuscular disorder. They both rely on walkers, are prone to falls and have trouble toileting and bathing. He’s 89. She’s 82.
Despite their issues, they don’t qualify for nursing home coverage through TennCare, the state’s insurance program for low-income seniors and residents with disabilities. They didn’t score high enough on a point system that determines the level of long-term care the state’s Medicaid program will provide.
Two years ago, though, the Koenigs would have qualified.
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