Medicare in Iowa
By the numbers
Medicare beneficiaries in Iowa make up 17% of the state's total population, with 57% of these beneficiaries being female and 43% being male. Following is more information on Medicare enrollment in Iowa in 2012:
- Number of Iowa residents enrolled in Medicare: 531,209
- Percentage of Iowa beneficiaries with prescription drug coverage: 89%
- Average premium paid for Iowa Prescription Drug Plan (PDP): $56.52
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 Iowa
Iowa Medicare Savings Programs: Iowa beneficiaries with limited incomes can apply for savings programs to help with their out-of-pocket medical costs. Two of Iowa's Medicare Savings Programs are the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), which helps with Medicare premiums, copayments, and deductibles, and the Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) program, which helps with Medicare Part B premiums.
Iowa State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is Iowa's state program that supports beneficiaries and their families by providing free, unbiased information on Iowa Medicare. SHIIP's website has a list of their office locations by county.
How healthy is the state of Iowa?
Iowa is the thirtieth most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the 17th healthiest state in the nation. Iowa's strength as a healthy state is helped by its high rate of high school graduation as well as its low percentage of children in poverty. Two challenges facing Iowa are its high prevalence of binge drinking as well as its limited availability of primary care physicians.
All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.