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Medicare in Louisiana
By the numbers
Here are a few facts about Medicare enrollment in Louisiana:
- Number of residents of Louisiana enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B: 815,592
- Number of residents of Louisiana enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B who are under 65: 176,122
- Number of residents of Louisiana enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B who are 65 or older: 639,470
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 prescription drug 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.
Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012 Medicare Enrollment Data by State and Age.