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Medicare and TennCare Eligibility

Erlanger Health System accepts Medicare and Medicaid/TennCare health insurance. Medicare and Medicaid/TennCare are government programs that offer health insurance to people who qualify.


Who Can Get Medicare?

Medicare offers health insurance to people aged 65 and older, as well as people under the age of 65 with certain disabilities.

Find out if you qualify for Medicare.

Types of Medicare

There are four different kinds of Medicare, called parts. Each Medicare Part is different.

Medicare Part A
When you enroll in Medicare, you receive Part A automatically. This “hospital insurance” covers hospital stays, home health care, skilled nursing facilities, and hospice care. More information.

Medicare Part B
This “medical insurance” covers physician care, outpatient hospital care and surgery and ambulance services. Part B also covers some preventive services. You do not receive Part B coverage automatically like Part A. You will need to enroll in Part B in order to have coverage. More information.

Medicare Part C
These “Medicare advantage” plans are an alternative to traditional Medicare. These plans are offered by private insurance companies that are approved by Medicare and have a more limited network of providers. More information.

Medicare Part D
This “prescription drug insurance” is available to everyone who is eligible for Medicare. It is also offered by private insurance companies. More information.

When Can I Enroll In A Medicare Plan?

When you are first eligible for Medicare, you have a 7-month Initial Enrollment Period to sign up for Part A and/or Part B. To learn more, click here.

If you choose to sign up for a Medicare Advantage (Part C) or Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D) there are specific times during the year when you can sign up – October 15-December 7. To learn more, click here.

Consider the following factors when deciding which Medicare plan is right for you:

TennCare or Medicaid

Who Can Get TennCare or Medicaid Coverage?

TennCare is Tennessee’s Medicaid program that offers free or low-cost health insurance to some Tennesseans. TennCare eligibility is based on your total income or how much money you make. Find out if you qualify for TennCare.

Don’t live in Tennessee? See if you qualify for Medicaid.

Need Help? Our financial counselors can help you figure out if you qualify for programs like Medicare, TennCare or Medicaid. Call 423-778-5150.

Get Financial Help
We offer care at a reduced cost and financial help to those who qualify. More information about how we can help.

Don’t have health insurance? See if you qualify for financial assistance or charity care.

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