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Medicare in Arkansas
By the numbers
Arkansas had more than half a million beneficiaries in 2012. For more information on Medicare enrollment in Arkansas, see below:
- Medicare beneficiaries who live in Arkansas: 631,574
- Medicare beneficiaries who live in Arkansas who are 65 or older: 485,212
- Medicare beneficiaries who live in Arkansas who are under 65: 146,362
Medicare Advantage Organizations 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 prescription drug 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 Arkansas
If you live in Arkansas and you have questions about Medicare, there are resources available that will provide free information about benefits and cost saving programs.
Arkansas Medicare Savings Program: Some beneficiaries struggle to pay for health care costs that Medicare doesn't cover. Most savings programs in Arkansas help Medicare beneficiaries with limited income. However, even if your income is above the limit, you may still qualify.
Arkansas Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP): In Arkansas, the Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) provides one-on-one counseling and education to Arkansas residents. Their staff answers questions about things like Medicare health coverage, Medicare Supplement plans, Medicare Advantage plans, and other related topics.
Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012 Medicare Enrollment Data by State and Age.