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Medicare in Tennessee

By the numbers

Tennessee has over a million Medicare beneficiaries and 911,904 of them are enrolled in a plan that provides creditable prescription drug coverage.

Number of Tennessee beneficiaries enrolled in a Prescription Drug Plan (PDP), by type:

  • Stand-alone PDP: 439,679
  • Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan (MAPD): 226,964
  • Employer plan taking retiree drug subsidies:104,285
  • Other type of prescription drug coverage: 140,976

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 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).

How healthy is the state of Tennessee?

Tennessee is the seventeenth most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 39th healthiest state to live. Tennessee's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low prevalence of binge drinking as well as high immunization coverage. Two challenges facing Tennessee are its high prevalence of obesity as well as a high prevalence of diabetes.

All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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