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Medicare in Colorado
By the numbers
The number of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado is right in the middle when compared to other states. However, Colorado is tied for third on the list of beneficiaries with incomes that are 200% more than the Federal Poverty level.
- Number of Medicare beneficiaries in Colorado: 667,277
- Percentage whose income is below the Federal Poverty Level: 14%
- Percentage whose income is 200% above the Federal Poverty Level: 61%
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 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 Colorado
There are free resources for Colorado residents with Medicare that will provide information about their benefits and Medicare plans in Colorado.
Colorado Medicare Savings Programs: Residents with Medicare can apply for one of the savings programs in Colorado through the state's Department of Health Care Policy and Aging. These programs help residents who need help paying their Part A or Part B premiums. Normally, in order to be accepted into one of the savings programs, your income has to be below a certain limit.
Colorado State Health Insurance and Assistance Programs (SHIP)The Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) has locations throughout Colorado to answer questions about Medicare. Trained counselors provide many different services for no charge, including individual counseling, presentations, and distribution of printed materials.
How healthy is the state of Colorado?
Colorado is the twenty-second most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the 9th healthiest place to live. Colorado's strength as a healthy state is helped by its lower prevalence of obesity than all other states as well as its low prevalence of diabetes. Two challenges facing Colorado are its low use of early prenatal care as well as its low immunization coverage.
All data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.