Medicare in Maryland
By the numbers
In 2012, Medicare provided health care benefits for 827,426 residents of Maryland.
Maryland had 29 Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDP's) available and over 600,000 people enrolled in Medicare had creditable drug coverage.
Number of Maryland beneficiaries enrolled in Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) in 2012, by type:
- Stand-alone PDPs: 283,811
- Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans (MAPDs): 54,585
- Employer plans taking retiree drug subsidies: 140,565
- Other prescription drug coverage: 159,810
- Known creditable drug coverage: 638,771
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 Maryland
Maryland Medicare Savings Programs: People enrolled in Medicare in Maryland that also have limited incomes can apply for programs that help pay some or all of health care expenses that aren't covered by Medicare, such as copayments, premiums, and deductibles.
Maryland State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) helps seniors understand their health insurance benefits. In Maryland, the SHIP program has trained staff and volunteer counselors in all 24 counties who can answer your questions about Medicare.
How healthy is the state of Maryland?
Maryland is the nineteenth most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the 22nd healthiest state to live. Maryland's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low prevalence of smoking as well as the availability of primary care physicians. Two challenges facing Maryland are its high infant mortality rate as well as high levels of air pollution.
All data provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.