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. Just over 19% of Florida's residents were enrolled in the Medicare program in 2012. Following is some additional information on Medicare enrollment in Florida:
- Residents enrolled in Medicare in Florida: 3,527,830
- Percentage of Florida beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage: 34%
- Percentage of beneficiaries that are female: 55%
- Percentage of beneficiaries that are male: 45%
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 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.
How healthy is the state of Florida?
Florida is the fourth most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the 33rd healthiest state in the nation. Florida's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low prevalence of binge drinking as well as its high immunization coverage. Two challenges facing Florida are its large uninsured population as well as its low high school graduation rates.
All data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.