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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 […]

When is Medicare Annual Election Period?

When is Medicare Annual Election Period? | HealthTN.com

Medicare Annual Election Period If you want to change Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) or Medicare Part D (prescription drug coverage) plans, the best time to do so is during the Annual Election Period (also called Open Enrollment Period), which runs from October 15 to December 7 each year. During that period, you can: Change […]

The 4 Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs)

The 4 Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs)

As with anything, the first step is figuring out which version of Medicare you can get. Part A? Part B? What about D? Sounds a lot like grades from school, and then, when you finally do try to figure that out – you can start right here or ring us up at (615) 541-4257. A […]

What is the “Donut Hole”?

What is the “Donut-Hole”?

If you aren’t familiar with Medicare, it is a health insurance program for people 65 or older, people under 65 with certain disabilities, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure). People with Medicare have the option of paying a monthly premium for outpatient prescription drug coverage. This prescription drug coverage is called Medicare […]