There are nearly 1.23 million Medicare beneficiaries in Tennessee, of which 426,921 are enrolled in Medicare Advantage. Another 399,407 have plans that include Part D Prescription drug coverage.
The state has more than 6.6 million people living in 95 counties. Two major insurance carriers cover the majority of Medicare Advantage members. Specifically, Humana has 31 percent of all plans, while Cigna has 22 percent.
But for Medicare Advantage in Tennessee, there are approximately 46 other carriers, including: Priority Health, Sidney Hillman HC and Volunteer State Health Plan. Having access to multiple carriers is fortunate, as one large regional carrier, CrestPoint Health, will be ending operations on June 1, 2016.
The highest-rated plans for Medicare Advantage in Tennessee include those from Cariten, United Healthcare and Cigna-Healthspring. U.S. News & World Report awarded Cariten Health Plan Inc. the highest rating in 2017 with 4.5/5 stars. Enrollees’ plan options include: HMOs, PPOs and PFFS (Private Fee-for-Service) plans. Tennessee also offers Special Needs Plans (SNPs) for those qualifying, such as people with specific chronic conditions or living in institutions.
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, in 2018, 855,439 residents enrolled in Original Medicare and 496,096 residents enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.
The Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) offers Medicare recipients information and assistance. Call (877) 801-0044 to reach this program.
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