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Medicare in Indiana
By the numbers
In 2012, Indiana had 1,048,499 Medicare beneficiaries and 19% of these beneficiaries were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Following is more information on enrollment in plans in Indiana in 2012:
- Number of Indiana residents enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans: 198,724
- Number of Medicare Advantage plans offered in Indiana: 82
- Percentage of beneficiaries receiving Medicare because of age: 83%
- Percentage of beneficiaries receiving Medicare because of a disability:17%
- Number of Medicare beneficiaries in Indiana with creditable drug coverage: 854,763
- Number of Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) offered in Indiana: 31
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 Indiana
Indiana Medicare Savings Programs: Like most states, Indiana has Medicare Savings Programs that provide financial help to beneficiaries whose income is less than a certain limit. However, the only way to know for certain if you qualify for a savings program is to apply.
Indiana State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) has locations all over Indiana where Medicare beneficiaries can talk with a counselor in person or over the phone. SHIP's counselors are trained volunteers who can answer questions about many topics, including low-income assistance programs, Medicare Advantage plans, and Medicare Supplement plans.
How healthy is the state of Indiana?
Indiana is the fifteenth most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the 38th healthiest state in the nation. Indiana's strength as a healthy state is helped by its moderate prevalence of binge drinking as well as its low geographic disparity with the state. Two challenges facing Indiana are its high percentage of children in poverty as well as its low per capita public health funding.
All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.