Affordable Health Coverage

The Primary Care & Hope Clinic has Certified Application Counselors on staff to assist with enrolling in affordable health insurance coverage or TennCare through the Health Insurance Marketplace/  For more information or to make an appointment, call 615-893-9390 and press 1.

2016 Open Enrollment begins November 1, 2015 and ends January 31, 2016

TennCare enrollment is year-round.

Open Enrollment for 2016 health coverage begins November 1, 2015 and ends January 31, 2016.  Health insurance plans purchased on are eligible for lower costs in the form of a tax credit and cost sharing reductions, based on your household income.


Insurers offering 2016 plans on the Marketplace include Cigna, BlueCross BlueShield of TN, United Healthcare, and Humana.

To apply for coverage in the Health Insurance Marketplace, you will need to provide information about you and your household, including income, any insurance you currently have, and some additional items.  Below is a checklist of items to bring if you come in for assistance with applying:

  • Social Security Numbers (or document numbers for legal immigrants)Need health coverage? The Health Insurance Marketplace is open! Apply Now
  • Employer and income information for every member of your household who needs coverage (pay stubs or W-2 forms)
  • Policy numbers for any current health insurance plans covering members of your household
  • A completed Employer Coverage Tool for every job-based health insurance plan you or someone in your household is eligible for. (You will need to fill out this form even for coverage you are eligible for but do not enroll in.

View detailed information in a PDF.

Have 2015 health coverage through the Marketplace?

You must enroll in a plan by December 15, 2015, if you want your coverage to start/continue on January 1, 2016.

If you bought a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2015, it’s time to start reviewing your coverage. There may be new plans available for 2016 that weren’t an option last year, or you may find another plan that better fits your needs and budget. You’ll need to decide whether to stay in your current plan if it’s still available, or enroll in a different plan for 2016.
5 Important Steps 

To stay covered through the Marketplace for 2016, follow these 5 Steps:

  1. Review your current plan’s 2016 health coverage and costs.
  2. Update your Marketplace application as soon as November 1.
  3. Compare the health plans available to you in 2016.
  4. Choose the plan that best meets your needs.
  5. Enroll in the health plan you want for 2016 coverage.

You’ll need to complete all 5 Steps to finish enrolling in a health plan, even if you want to stay in the same plan.  Go to to call (615) 893-9390 to make an appointment for free assistance.

View more renewal information in a PDF.

Community Health Alliance Plans Ending in 2015

Community Health Alliance will not be offering health plans in 2016.  If you have a 2015 Community Health Alliance insurance plan, it will end December 31, 2015.

You must update your Marketplace application and select a new plan by December 15th to have coverage in January. This will not happen automatically.  We can assist you. Call (615) 893-9390 to make an appointment for assistance.

Health Insurance Basics:

  • Premium: The money you pay the insurance company to buy the plan.
  • Deductible: The amount you have to pay for your health care each year before your insurance starts paying for care.
  • Copay/Co-insurance: The money that you have to pay “out of pocket” for each service you receive.
  • Out-of-pocket limit:  The most you will have to pay each year for care covered by your plan.
  •  Provider Network: The doctors and other health care providers who have agreed to work with your health insurance company.