State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
|The Tennessee State Health Insurance Assistance Program (TN SHIP) offers free and unbiased Medicare counseling to beneficiaries and their families. The program is funded by a federal grant from the Administration for Community Living and is administered on the state level by the Tennessee Commission on Aging and Disability. There are nine (9) SHIPs in Tennessee, including the Aging Commission of the Mid-South which serves Shelby, Fayette, Lauderdale, and Tipton counties.|
SHIP offers information and assistance with:
- Medicare enrollment
- Prescription drug plans
- Medicare Advantage plans
- Supplemental insurance
- Applications for Medicare Savings Plans and Extra Help (low-income assistance programs which help pay for Medicare premiums and copays for qualifying individuals)
SHIP staff and trained volunteers provide one-on-one counseling as well as community outreach through presentations, health fairs, and distribution of educational materials. For more SHIP information or assistance, call 901-222-4111 (local) or 877-801-0044 (toll free).
- Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon- July 27th
- New SHIP Volunteer Orientation- July 25th
Cornerstone Institutional Baptist Church
7288 E. Shelby Dr.
Memphis, TN 38125
- Volunteer Training- August 2nd & 3rd 9a - 4p
Aging Commission of the MidSouth
Would you like to learn more about Medicare?
Check out our upcoming Medicare 101 presentations:
Thursday, July 26 10:30 a.m.
Orange Mound Senior Center
2590 Park Ave.
Memphis, TN 38114
Monday, Aug. 20 10 a.m.
Tipton Co. Commission on Aging
401 S. College St.
Covington, TN 38019
Wednesday, Aug. 22 11:30 a.m.
Lauderdale Co. Commission on Aging
605 Airport Rd.
Halls, TN 38040
Thursday, Sept. 13 10:45 a.m.
Frayser-Raleigh Senior Center
3985 Egypt Central Rd.
Memphis, TN 38128
For Medicare counseling or outreach opportunities contact:
E-mail: Adrienne Franklin
Assistance to Medicare beneficiaries likely eligible for the low-income subsidy program (LIS) or the Medicare Savings Program (MSP) in applying for benefits: Prescription Drug assistance and enrollment; and Medicare Preventive Services awareness.For LIS/MSP Counseling contact:
Benefits Specialist Coordinator
E-mail: Laura Pounder
SHIP/SMP Volunteer Opportunities
SHIP and SMP provides training that certifies our counselors with the education and confidence they need in order to help local beneficiaries with their questions. There are many different levels of volunteering, from handing out flyers to one-one-one counseling. To become a SHIP/SMP Volunteer at the Aging Commission, contact:
SHIP/SMP Volunteer Coordinator
E-mail: Sandra Smith
Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP)
|Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) is a federally funded program that empowers seniors to prevent healthcare fraud. SMP recruits retirees to serve as resources in their communities.|
Contact the Tennessee SMP if you need assistance with billing issues, Medicare appeals, and reporting Medicare fraud.
Statewide SMP Coordinator
For more information, visit the Tennessee SMP website (click here)