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Medicare in Tennessee
By the numbers
Here are a few facts about Medicare enrollment in Tennessee:
- Medicare beneficiaries in Tennessee enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B: 1,282,305
- Medicare beneficiaries in Tennessee enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B who are 65 or older: 1,009,274
- Medicare beneficiaries in Tennessee enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B who are under 65: 273,031
Medicare Advantage Organizations and prescription drug plan sponsors must have a contract with Medicare in order to sell Medicare insurance plans (such as a Medicare HMO or a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan). Depending on the terms of the contract between the plan and Medicare, not every plan is available statewide or in all service areas. Each year, the plan must renew their contract with Medicare, so the availability of a plan in a specific service area is subject to change as a result of the annual contract renewal.
Medicare resources in Tennessee
Tennessee Medicare Savings Programs: Low-income beneficiaries may qualify for savings programs in the state of Tennessee. These programs offer discounts on some of the health expenses that Medicare doesn't cover.
Tennessee State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a statewide program that provides free and objective assistance to beneficiaries with questions about Medicare. Tennessee SHIP is funded in part by a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012 Medicare Enrollment Data by State and Age.