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Medicare in Louisiana
By the numbers
In 2012, about 25% of Medicare beneficiaries in Louisiana had an annual income that was below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and 41% had an income that was 200% or more above the FPL. Following is more information on enrollment in Medicare plans in Louisiana:
- Number of residents of Louisiana enrolled in Medicare: 718,037
- Number of Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs) offered in Louisiana: 30
- Number of beneficiaries enrolled in a Louisiana PDP: 10,131
- Average monthly premium for Louisiana PDPs: $51.55
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 Louisiana
Louisiana Medicare Savings Programs: Discounts are available to residents of Louisiana who need financial assistance with some of their medical costs. Normally to qualify for a Louisiana Medicare Savings Program, your income has to be below a certain limit, but the only way to see if you qualify is by applying.
Louisiana State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) provides counseling to seniors on various topics like Medicare claims and the Medicare appeals process. You can speak to a volunteer counselor in person or over the phone, or you can use an online tool.
How healthy is the state of Louisiana?
Louisiana is the twenty-fifth most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the 49th healthiest state to live. Louisiana's strength as a healthy state is helped by its high use of early prenatal care as well as its moderate per capita public health funding. Two challenges facing Louisiana are its high percentage of children in poverty as well as its high rate of preventable hospitalizations.
All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.