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Medicare in Georgia
By the numbers
Medicare provides health benefits to 1,318,733 residents of Georgia and these Medicare beneficiaries make up 13% of Georgia's total population. Following are more facts on Medicare enrollment and plans in Georgia in 2012:
- Total number of Georgia beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage: 308,218
- Number of Medicare Advantage plans in Georgia: 89
- Medicare annual spending in Georgia (per beneficiary): $9,836
- Average annual growth of Medicare spending in Georgia: 9%
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 Georgia
For beneficiaries in Georgia, there are Medicare resources available to help answer their questions about benefits, plans, and other Medicare-related topics.
Georgia Medicare Savings Programs: Beneficiaries whose income falls below a certain limit may qualify for assistance from a Medicare savings program. These programs can help beneficiaries in Georgia pay for their premiums, deductibles, and other health costs that Medicare doesn't cover.
Georgia State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): GeorgiaCares is a volunteer-based program that provides unbiased information to Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers in Georgia. Their services are free and supported in part by a grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
How healthy is the state of Georgia?
Georgia is the ninth most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the 37th healthiest state in the nation. Georgia's strength as a healthy state is helped by its high percentage rates of immunization coverage as well as its moderate use of early prenatal care. Two challenges facing Georgia are its high levels of air pollution as well as its large uninsured population.
All data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.