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Medicare in Georgia
By the numbers
Medicare provides health benefits to 1,515,068 residents of Georgia. Following are more facts on Medicare enrollment in Georgia in 2012:
- Total number of Georgia beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B: 1,515,068
- Medicare beneficiaries in Georgia who are 65 or older: 1,210,577
- Medicare beneficiaries in Georgia who are under 65: 304,491
- Medicare beneficiaries in Georgia with Medicare Part A only: 132,342
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 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).
Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012 Medicare Enrollment Data by State and Age.