State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) 1-877-801-0044

We provide counseling and assistance, and the best part is that it's free and objective! We represent you, not insurance companies. We can help with Medicare and other related health insurance questions.

For more information on SHIP, visit Tennessee Medicare Assistance, or check our calendar for upcoming educational and counseling events in your area. You can also email us at tn.ship@tn.gov or find a counseling site close to home using our interactive map.

Linked banner image for directing site visitors to the SHIP Medicare counseling sites map. The map displays counseling sites throughout the state of Tennessee.

So far this year:

  • 20,111 seniors received Medicare and/or related health insurance assistance through SHIP/SMP
  • $6,456 in documented prescription drug cost savings for seniors who received health insurance assistance through SHIP
  • $29,589 in documented premium reimbursements through Medicare Savings Programs for seniors who received health insurance assistance through SHIP

Interested in volunteering?

Medicare can be confusing and intimidating, we know that. There's a lot to consider, and plan details change from year to year. But if you feel like you have a handle on it and have a desire to help others, we might be able to put you to work. If you're someone who likes to volunteer, we can probably use you as a Medicare counselor. Learn more.

Medicare Tips

Protect your health with Medicare’s preventive benefits. Sign up at www.MyMedicare.gov to track the preventive benefits you have used each year and remind you of benefits for which you are eligible. Visit www.medicare.gov for valuable benefit information. Here are a few highlights of the website:
 
Medicare Prescription Drug Plan Finder
An interactive tool that allows you to narrow your search for a Medicare prescription drug plan based on your personal preferences such as cost, drugs covered, and participating pharmacies.
 
Need help paying for your prescription drugs? You may be able to get extra help to pay for the premiums, annual deductible, and co-payments related to the Medicare Prescription Drug program. However, you must be enrolled in a Medicare Prescription Drug plan to receive this additional help. Call SHIP today to learn more.
 
Medicare.gov: Forms, Help, and Resources
 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Regulations and Guidance

Medicare Consumers and the Affordable Healthcare Act

If you have Medicare, you do not need to purchase health insurance through the Marketplace. Your Medicare coverage, whether received through a Medicare Advantage plan or through original Medicare, isn't changing because of the Affordable Care Act and the Marketplaces. You will still need to review your Medicare coverage during the Annual Enrollment Period, October 15-December 7th for your 2014 coverage. TN SHIP is available to help you compare plans available in your area.
 
Call 1-877-801-0044 for help. You should also consider signing up for important email messages from SHIP. It only takes a few easy steps to stay informed.

Volunteer

Looking for a meaningful, fulfilling volunteer opportunity with the aging and disabled population? TN SHIP has volunteer opportunities for you to assist consumers with understanding their Medicare and Medicaid benefits. Training is available across the state. Email us at tn.ship@tn.gov for more information.

TN SHIP logo with contact number 1-877-801-0044