Medicare in Idaho
By the numbers
Idaho had 242,889 Medicare beneficiaries in 2012. 30% of these beneficiaries were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan and 84% had creditable prescription drug coverage. Following is some more information on Medicare enrollment and plan benefits in Idaho in 2012:
- Total enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans in Idaho: 63,503
- Percentage of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with a $0 premium: 54%
- Percentage of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with a premium of $50 or more: 29%
- Minimum premium paid for prescription drug coverage in Idaho: $15.00
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 Idaho
Idaho has Medicare resources dedicated to helping beneficiaries understand their benefits and the programs available to help with their health care costs.
Idaho Medicare Savings Programs: Medicare beneficiaries in Idaho with limited income and resources may qualify for programs that provide help paying for things like Medicare premiums, copayments, and deductibles.
Idaho State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): Senior Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) is part of a network of state health insurance assistance programs that offer free, unbiased advice on Medicare. Every year, SHIBA’s trained volunteers attend hundreds of health and senior fairs throughout the state to answer questions and pass out printed materials about Medicare. They can also be reached via phone or at one of the local SHIBA offices located throughout Idaho.
How healthy is the state of Idaho?
Idaho is the thirty-ninth most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the 19th healthiest state in the nation. Idaho's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low incidence of infectious disease as well as its low violent crime rate. Two challenges facing Idaho are its limited availability of primary care physicians as well as its high rate of uninsured population.
All data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.