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Medicare in Hawaii
By the numbers
In 2012, there were 217,678 Medicare beneficiaries in Hawaii, and almost half of these beneficiaries were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Following is more information on enrollment in Medicare plans in Hawaii:
- Number of Hawaii residents enrolled in Medicare Advantage: 96,374
- Percentage of Hawaiians enrolled in Medicare due to age: 89%
- Percentage of Hawaiians enrolled in Medicare because of a disability: 11%
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 Hawaii
Medicare beneficiaries may use available resources to help answer any questions about Medicare plans, benefits, and more. These resources may also assist beneficiaries with limited incomes.
Hawaii Medicare Savings Programs: Hawaii offers savings programs for Medicare beneficiaries whose income falls below a certain level. These programs can help pay for things like Medicare Part A and B premiums, deductibles, and prescription drug costs.
Hawaii State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): Hawaii beneficiaries and their families can visit the Sage PLUS Program website to find out more about Medicare. Sage PLUS, a program sponsored by the State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP), offers counseling via phone calls, public education meetings, or face-to-face meetings.
How healthy is the state of Hawaii?
Hawaii is the fortieth most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the 4th healthiest state in the nation. Hawaii's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low population of uninsured individuals as well as its high per capita public health funding. Two challenges facing Hawaii are its high prevalence of binge drinking as well as its low high school graduation rate.
All data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.