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Medicare in Arizona

By the numbers

Warmer weather and a dryer climate are two things that might draw seniors to Arizona, where Medicare beneficiaries made up 15% of the total population in 2012. Arizona ranks 19th in the nation for total number of Medicare beneficiaries but 6th in the number of residents that are enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan in Arizona.

  • Total number of Medicare beneficiaries in Arizona: 977,447
  • Arizona beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans: 364,538
  • Medicare Advantage beneficiaries as a percent of total Medicare population in Arizona: 38%

Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug plan sponsors must have a contract with Medicare in order to sell Medicare insurance plans (such as a Medicare HMO or a Medicare Part D plan. Depending on the terms of the contract between the plan and Medicare, not every plan is available statewide or in all service areas. Each year, the plan must renew their contract with Medicare, so the availability of a plan in a specific service area is subject to change as a result of the annual contract renewal.

Medicare resources in Arizona

Arizona offers no cost, unbiased resources to help residents who have questions about their Medicare coverage.

Arizona Medicare Savings Programs: If your income is lower than the government set limit, you may be able to receive help with out-of-pocket expenses that Medicare doesn't cover, including copayments, deductibles, and premiums.

Arizona State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): In Arizona, Medicare beneficiaries can contact the Division of Aging and Adult Services and be connected with a counselor who can provide information about programs that are best suited for you. Arizona has local SHIP offices located in counties throughout the state.

How healthy is the state of Arizona?

Arizona is the sixteenth most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 29th healthiest state to live. Arizona's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low rates of preventable hospitalizations as well as its low prevalence of smoking. Two challenges facing Arizona are its low high school graduation rate as well as its large uninsured population.

All data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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