Independence Enrollment Programs

Do you or someone you know need help paying bills each month? How about help getting healthcare? We can help!

For help enrolling in the following programs, call TJC’S Senior Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator, Jana, at 615-846-4703

SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP)- HELP WITH FOOD

SNAP, once called the Food Stamp program, helps with the cost of food. The program gives benefits to people through electronic cards that look like a credit or debit card.  People can use the cards to buy nutritious food like fruits, vegetables and grains at stores that accept the card.

LOW-INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LIHEAP)- HELP WITH HEAT

LIHEAP helps people who qualify pay for home heating and cooling. In addition to help with home heating and cooling bills, some money is available to make changes to homes and apartments to help reduce heating bills. If you are eligible for this program, LIHEAP will send a one-time payment on your behalf to your utilities company to help pay your bill.

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Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs)- help with doctor copays and insurance premiums

Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) are programs for people on Medicare who have limited income and resources. These programs help people who are qualified afford Medicare. There are four different Medicare Savings Programs, each with a different income and resource eligibility. Contact us to see if you are eligible.

MEDICARE PART D EXTRA HELP/ LIS- HELP WITH PERSCRIPTION MEDICATION

People 65 and older who are already on Medicare many qualify for Extra Help with the costs of their prescription drugs. This program is also known as LIS, or the Part D Low Income Subsidy. The Social Security Administration (SSA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) work together to provide the benefit.

Some people get LIS/Extra Help automatically. These include people who are enrolled in both Medicaid (TennCare) and Medicare (often called dual eligible), people getting Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and people who qualify for a Medicare Savings Program. Anyone else who is not already enrolled in the benefits noted above must apply to Social Security to receive LIS/Extra Help.

TENNCARE (TENNESSEE’S STATE MEDICAID)- HEALTH INSURANCE

Medicaid is a state-run health insurance program that pays for a broad range of medical services for people with low income and resources. In Tennessee the program is called TennCare.

Basic services include doctor visits, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, lab tests, x-rays, medical transportation, family planning services, nursing.