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Medicare in Massachusetts

By the numbers

Following are some statistics on Medicare in Massachusetts in 2012:

  • Total number of beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B in Massachusetts: 1,220,562
  • Total number of beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B who are 65 or older: 1,008,765
  • Total number of beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B who under 65: 211,797

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 Massachusetts

Massachusetts Medicare Savings Programs: Beneficiaries with income that falls below the limit that is set by the federal government each year may be able to get financial assistance to cover things like their Medicare premiums and deductibles.

Massachusetts State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The SHINE Program (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) is a Massachusetts health insurance assistance program that provides free health insurance information to residents with Medicare and their caregivers. The program is partially funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012 Medicare Enrollment Data by State and Age.

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