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Medicare in Mississippi
By the numbers
In 2012, there were just over 500,000 Mississippi residents enrolled in Medicare and the percentage of them that live below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) is higher than most states.
Percentage of Mississippi Beneficiaries in 2012, by Federal Poverty Level:
- Income below FPL: 18%
- Income was 100-149% of FPL: 22%
- Income was 150-199% of FPL: 12%
- Income was 200% or more than FPL: 49%
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 Mississippi
Mississippi Medicare Savings Programs: Mississippi beneficiaries can apply for programs that offer financial assistance to people enrolled in Medicare with low incomes. These programs offer discounts on expenses that aren't covered by Medicare, such as premiums, deductibles, and copayments.
Mississippi State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a program sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The program can answer your questions about various topics including Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and Medicare Supplement plans.
How healthy is Mississippi?
Mississippi is the thirty-second most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the least healthy state in the nation. Mississippi's strengths are its low prevalence of binge drinking as well as its high immunization coverage. Two challenges facing Mississippi are its high prevalence of obesity as well as its high percentage of children in poverty.
All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.