Medicare Assistance

Medicare is a health insurance program for people in the U.S. who are 65 or older, people under age 65 with certain disabilities and people of all ages with end-stage renal disease.

Maury Regional Health provides this information as a resource for Medicare recipients. Information contained on this webpage is a brief summary of some services covered by Medicare but is not a complete list. Visit for complete information.

MEDicare types

Medicare part a

Medicare Part A is also known as hospital insurance. This type of Medicare coverage provides benefits for hospital-related services such as:

  • Inpatient care
  • Home health
  • Hospice
  • Skilled nursing
  • Surgery

Most people do not pay a monthly premium for Part A and enrollment for Part A takes place through Social Security.

Medicare Part B

Medicare Part B is also known as medical insurance.  Most people automatically get Part A and Part B the first day of the month upon turning 65. This type of Medicare coverage provides benefits for health care services, including:

  • Doctor’s visits
  • Medical equipment
  • Outpatient care
  • Preventive services

Most people pay a monthly premium for Part B. Part B also has an annual deductible. After your Part B deductible is met, you typically pay a percentage of your doctor visits and services.


Medicare Part D provides coverage for prescription medications. One must have Part A and/or Part B in order receive Part D. Monthly premiums and co-pays for Medicare Part D vary with plans. An open enrollment period for Medicare Part D is held each fall. During open enrollment, Medicare recipients have an opportunity to review their existing plan and compare coverage to other available plans and make any desired changes. Penalties may apply for late enrollment.


Virtual Seminar: Your Medicare in 2021

Maury Regional Health has partnered with Sherri Craig of the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) to offer a free virtual seminar about how Medicare participants can evaluate plan changes for the coming year. View the seminar by watching the video below. 

If you have additional questions, please contact the SHIP office in Mount Pleasant at 1.877.801.0044. A PDF version of the presentation is also available here.

This presentation was pre-recorded October 20, 2020, and references all information available at the time of recording. Visit for additional information.

Assistance with comparing drug plans

During open enrollment for Medicare Part D (October 15–December 7), Maury Regional Medical Center offers community members free assistance in reviewing prescription drug plans to ensure the best coverage of individual prescription needs. The Volunteer Services office at Maury Regional Medical Center in Columbia coordinates this service every year.

To participate, one must complete a worksheet available from the Volunteer Services office. (This form may also be downloaded here.) Completed worksheets should be returned to the Volunteer Services office, which is located on the medical center campus at 1222 Trotwood Avenue (Building A) in Columbia. Volunteer counselors will review the worksheet to perform a drug plan comparison and will contact participants by phone to review and discuss the comparisons. For more information about this service, call 931.380.4047.

Learn more about Medicare Part D at


For information about Medicare benefits, assistance with choosing a plan or for information about applying for extra help, please contact the TN SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) at 1.877.801.0044.
Maury Regional Health Patient Services Department 
931.381.1111 (Choose option 4)