Medicare Counseling

The Greater Nashville Regional Council is part of a national network of State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP). SHIP is a Federal Administration for Community Living (ACL) grant program that helps states enhance and support Medicare beneficiaries through local programs, staff and volunteer counselors. 

GNRC’s Medicare Counselors provide free, confidential and non-biased information to Medicare beneficiaries, their representatives and those who will soon be eligible for Medicare. Call 1-877-801-0044 for more information or click here to have a counselor contact you.

Medicare Eligibility Guidelines

Medicare Savings Programs: Medicare Savings Programs (MSP) allow individuals to qualify for assistance from the state to pay for their Medicare Part B premiums.

Low Income Subsidy: The Low Income Subsidy (LIS) program helps low-income individuals receive “Extra Help” with Medicare Part D prescription drug costs.

Extra Help Benefits: Due to the Inflation Reduction Act, starting in 2024 all those eligible for Part D low-income subsidy will receive the Full Extra Help benefit. For more information visit

Click here to view the 2023 Medicare Income Guidelines.     [ Guia de Ingresos - Español ]

Click here to access the Part D Prescription Plan Worksheet

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How can we help?

Information provided through the national SHIP Medicare counseling program has saved clients thousands of dollars on prescription drugs or helped identify the best program for their needs. The short videos below offer a glimpse of how this program could help you.

SHIP Success Stories Video
SHIP Success Stories Video
SHIP Success Stories Video
SHIP Success Stories from the SHIP National Network.

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We are conducting a survey to help better understand how COVID-19 has impacted you and your access to health care. Your responses will help us better serve our Medicare clients. Click here to complete this quick survey online! For a printable copy of the survey, click here.     (Espanol)

The activities of this agency/program {as applicable] are funded in whole or in part by a grant contract with the State of Tennessee through the TN Commission on Aging and Disability. This project was supported, in part by grant numbers 90SAPG0069-04-00, 2201TNMIAA-00, 2201TNMISH-00, 2201TNMIDR-00, 90MPPG0098, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy