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Beginners Guide to Health Insurance Subsidies

Beginners Guide to Health Insurance Subsidies | HealthTN.com

Now, no matter what side of the Affordable Care Act debate you were on, it’s the law of the United States of America… we’ve seen how it has been hotly debated within society and government – it’s even gone to the Supreme Court of the United States. The Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as […]

Beginners Guide to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Beginners Guide to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) | HealthTN.com

About a year ago, we had a discussion on this forum where we worked through the so-called Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and what some of the tripping points had been as Medicare has expanded.  Just a short while ago, a client reached out to me with some of those same questions, so I thought I’d […]

Who are the TennCare Providers?

Who are the TennCare Providers? | HealthTN.com

Here we are again, discussing some more of the basics when it comes to TennCare, and a question that keeps popping up is who is actually handling TennCare when it comes to the services? Funny you should ask. Like many states, Tennessee is not in the health insurance business, we just work with companies that […]

Beginners Guide to Extra Help

Beginners Guide to Extra Help | HealthTN.com

Simply put, plenty of times, we find that our clients struggle with paying for the basics of Medicare. As experts in taking care of our citizens right here in Tennessee, we’re here to tell you that you may be able to get help if you cannot afford Medicare. You may qualify if you have limited […]

How Do I Apply For TennCare?

How Do I Apply For TennCare? | HealthTN.com

As with so much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the simple answer is “just apply online!” But, all the same, the answer is there are several ways to apply for coverage and that’s the important thing. You can apply for TennCare at www.healthcare.gov, but we all know that you may not be prepared to […]

27k Tennesseans Losing Their Community Health Alliance (CHA) Coverage

27k Tennesseans Losing Their Community Health Alliance (CHA) Coverage | HealthTN.com

It was announced yesterday that Knoxville-based health insurance carrier, Community Health Alliance (CHA), is going out of business effective January 1, 2016. What does this mean for those 27,000 Tennesseans on a (CHA) plan? Well, it means they will need to find a new plan to enroll in for 2016. A statement from the Tennessee Department […]

Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement

Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement | HealthTN.com

The question comes up at least once a day – which is the better plan?  You are going to have to make a decision on which Medicare option is best for your needs, so you need to first understand the basics of Medicare Supplement (Medigap) and the Medicare Advantage plans. These are very different insurance […]

Are You Eligible for TennCare?

Are You Eligible for TennCare? | HealthTN.com

What is TennCare? TennCare is the state Medicaid program in Tennessee administered jointly by the federal government and the Tennessee state government. TennCare was established in 1994 under a federal waiver that authorized states to come up with their own Medicaid rules. TennCare serves low-income families and children who need help paying their medical bills. […]

Beginners Guide to SilverSneakers

Beginners Guide to SilverSneakers | HealthTN.com

SilverSneakers, in a nutshell, is a fun exercise program designed exclusively for older adults. It is a fitness benefit found in many leading Medicare insurance plans that helps provide guidance as well as convenient group exercise classes to improve general fitness, strength,  flexibility, and walking ability for older adults. The program’s social events can also […]

What is Medigap and Do I Need it?

What is Medigap and Do I Need it? | HealthTN.com

If you’re looking for an example of a large government program that’s difficult to understand, look no further than Medicare. Medicare.gov contains hundreds of pages of information – few of which are easy reading. At HealthTN.com, we encourage you to learn all you can, but ultimately, it is fare safer to get help from a […]