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Tennessee's State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

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We provide:

    • Counseling
    • Assistance

    The best part? It's free and objective!

    We represent you, not insurance companies.


We can help with:

    • Medicare
    • Other related health insurance questions


So far this year:

    • 22,582 seniors received Medicare and/or related health insurance assistance through SHIP/SMP
    • $56,914 in documented prescription drug cost savings for seniors who received health insurance assistance through SHIP
    • $93,745 in documented premium reimbursements through Medicare Savings Programs for seniors who received health insurance assistance through SHIP


Have questions? Filling out and submitting the form below is

a great way to get started.

You can also email us at


For more information on SHIP, visit: Tennessee Medicare Assistance

or check our calendar for upcoming educational and counseling events in your area.

SHIP Events Calendar




Medicare Tips


Protect your health with Medicare’s preventive benefits. Sign up at to track the preventive benefits you have used each year and remind you of benefits for which you are eligible. Visit 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. Forms, Help, and Resources


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: Regulations and Guidance



Medicare ABCs



Learn about the different parts of Medicare, the different types of coverage, Medicare enrollment and deadlines, and programs to assist with premium payments and lower co-pays.


Visit our Tennessee for a Lifetime page for more videos on a variety of aging-related topics.



CAUTION MEDICARE CONSUMERS: 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.


Last updated 03/09/15.


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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 for more information.