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Medicare in Maine

By the numbers

With only 276,467 beneficiaries in 2012, it is not surprising that Maine spent much less on Medicare than other states. The growth in Medicare spending over the years, however, is slightly higher than the national average. Additionally, there were 42,223 Maine residents enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. 54% of these plans had a $0 monthly premium and 29% of these plans had a monthly premium of $50 or more. Following is some information on Medicare plans in Maine in 2012:

  • Amount that Maine spent on Medicare (in millions): $2,285
  • Amount that Maine spent per Medicare beneficiary: $8,821
  • Growth in Medicare spending in Maine over the past decade: 9%

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 Maine

Maine Medicare Savings Programs: If you get your health benefits from Medicare in Maine, and have limited income and assets, you may be able to get financial help with out-of-pocket expenses from a Medicare Savings Program.

Maine State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): People in Maine who have Medicare can get free health insurance counseling through the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). Specially trained staff will answer your Medicare questions either on the phone or at one of their local offices.

How healthy is the state of Maine?

Maine is the forty-first most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the 8th healthiest state to live. Maine's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low violent crime rate as well as its low rate of uninsured population. Two challenges facing Maine are its high rate of cancer deaths as well as its high prevalence of smoking.

All data provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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