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Medicare in Connecticut
By the numbers
The following is some data on Medicare enrollment in Connecticut in 2012:
- Number of Medicare beneficiaries in Connecticut: 650,026
- Medicare beneficiaries in Connecticut who are 65 or older : 560,051
- Medicare beneficiaries in Connecticut who are under 65: 89,975
- Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part A only in Connecticut: 81,097
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 Connecticut
Beneficiaries in Connecticut have access to various Medicare resources that can answer questions about benefits, costs, and Medicare plans in Connecticut.
Connecticut Medicare Savings Programs: If your income falls below a certain limit, you may qualify for savings. Some programs that assist beneficiaries with health care costs are the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program (QMB), the Special Low Income Medicare Beneficiary program (SLMB) and the Additional Low Income Medicare Beneficiary program (ALMB).
Connecticut State Health Insurance and Assistance Programs (SHIP): Connecticut's program for SHIP is called CHOICES (Connecticut's program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening). The CHOICES program provides information to residents aged 60 and older and also persons with disabilities. It is free to Connecticut residents and is funded by the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services, the Area Agencies on Aging, and the Center for Medicare Advocacy.
Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012 Medicare Enrollment Data by State and Age.