Important Dates: 2016 Tennessee Open Enrollment

HealthTN Affordable Care Act/Obamacare

Important dates for 2016 Tennessee open enrollment: November 1, 2015: Open Enrollment started — first day you can enroll in a 2016 insurance plan. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2016. December 15, 2015: Last day to enroll in or change plans for new coverage to start January 1, 2016 January 1, 2016: 2016 coverage starts for those …

Beginners Guide to Health Insurance Subsidies | HealthTN.com

Beginners Guide to Health Insurance Subsidies

HealthTN Affordable Care Act/Obamacare

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 Obamacare) has changed the very …

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

Beginners Guide to Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

HealthTN ACOs

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 review for everybody! As the …

Who are the TennCare Providers? | HealthTN.com

Who are the TennCare Providers?

HealthTN Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, TennCare

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 handle that for us. In Tennessee, …

Beginners Guide to Extra Help | HealthTN.com

Beginners Guide to Extra Help

HealthTN Medicare, Prescription Drugs, Seniors, TennCare

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 income and resources because there …

How Do I Apply For TennCare? | HealthTN.com

How Do I Apply For TennCare?

HealthTN TennCare

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 go through the whole application …

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

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

HealthTN Affordable Care Act/Obamacare, News

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 of Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) …

Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement | HealthTN.com

Medicare Advantage vs. Medicare Supplement

HealthTN Medicare, Prescription Drugs

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 plans with distinct benefits. The …

Beginners Guide to SilverSneakers | HealthTN.com

Beginners Guide to SilverSneakers

HealthTN Medicare, Seniors

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 help seniors find new friends …

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

What is Medigap and Do I Need it?

HealthTN Medicare, Seniors

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 pro. But one of the …