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Medicare in Kentucky

By the numbers

Medicare beneficiaries in Kentucky have a lot of options when shopping for private Medicare plans. In 2012, there were 50 Medicare Advantage plans and 31 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) available in the state. Following is more information on enrollment in Medicare plans in Kentucky in 2012:

  • Total number of Kentucky residents with Medicare: 793,271
  • Total number of beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans in Kentucky:129,165
  • Total number of Kentucky beneficiaries with creditable drug coverage: 648,988

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 Kentucky

Kentucky Medicare Savings Programs: For beneficiaries with limited income, Kentucky Medicare Savings Programs may offer financial relief by paying for all or some of your health care expenses. Savings programs can help with Part A and Part B premiums, deductibles, and other health costs.

Kentucky State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The Kentucky State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free, unbiased information and assistance to seniors and disabled beneficiaries. This program educates people about Medicare so beneficiaries can make informed decisions about their care.

How healthy is the state of Kentucky?

Kentucky is the twenty-sixth most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the 43rd healthiest state in the nation. Kentucky's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low prevalence of binge drinking as well as its low violent crime rate. Two challenges facing Kentucky are its high prevalence of smoking as well as its high prevalence of obesity.

All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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