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Medicare in Michigan

By the numbers

The state of Michigan was home to 1.7 million beneficiaries in 2012. There is an above average amount of racial diversity among residents enrolled in Medicare in Michigan. Following is more information on Medicare enrollment and beneficiaries in 2012:

  • Percentage of beneficiaries in Michigan who were 65 or older: 86%
  • Percentage of beneficiaries in Michigan who were disabled: 14%
  • Percentage of total beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan: 9%
  • Total number of Medicare Advantage plans available in Michigan: 28

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 Michigan

Michigan Medicare Savings Programs: You may qualify for a Medicare Savings Program if you are receiving or are eligible for Medicare Part A and have a low income and limited assets. If you qualify, you can get discounts on certain health expenses, like premiums, copayments, and deductibles.

Michigan State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program (MMAP) provides free health benefit counseling services to all Medicare beneficiaries in Michigan. Counselors at local agencies provide information about a variety of Medicare-related topics. You can also talk to a counselor by calling their toll-free number.

How healthy is the state of Michigan?

Michigan is the eighth most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 30th healthiest state in the nation. Michigan's strength as a healthy state is helped by its high immunization coverage as well as its high use of early prenatal care. Two challenges facing Michigan are its high prevalence of obesity as well as low per capita public health funding.

All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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