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Medicare in Florida
By the numbers
Florida is a popular place for many seniors to retire, which also makes it a popular place to receive Medicare benefits. In 2012, there were more than four million Medicare beneficiaries in Florida. Following is some additional information on Medicare enrollment in Florida:
- Residents enrolled in both Medicare Part A and Part B in Florida: 4,126,813
- Residents enrolled in Medicare Part A only in Florida: 298,263
- Residents enrolled in Medicare Part B only in Florida: 13,298
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 Florida
Many Florida residents take advantage of Medicare resources, which offer free, unbiased information on Medicare plans, benefits, and more.
Florida Medicare Savings Programs: For residents whose income is below a certain predetermined limit, there are various programs to assist with paying for some of the things that Medicare doesn't cover, like your premiums or deductibles. Programs are also available to provide special help for low-income beneficiaries who struggle with prescription costs.
Florida Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders: Most states have a program called SHIP (State Health Insurance Program) that helps beneficiaries and their families better understand Medicare and how it works. In Florida, this program is called SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) and is run by a network of volunteers and funded by a grant from the Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012 Medicare Enrollment Data by State and Age.