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Medicare in Missouri
By the numbers
The state of Missouri had 1,040,491 Medicare beneficiaries in 2012. From 1991 to 2009, Missouri increased spending on each beneficiary by 6%, which is less than the national average of 8%.
- Number of Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDPs): 31
- Medicare beneficiaries in Missouri with creditable prescription drug coverage: 866,122
- Number of low-income beneficiaries who received a subsidy for a Medicare drug plan: 211,449
- Average monthly premium paid for drug coverage in Missouri: $54.46
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 Missouri
Missouri Medicare Savings Programs: Paying Part A and Part B premiums and deductibles can be difficult for some beneficiaries. Missouri residents can apply for programs that help by offering discounts to low-income beneficiaries.
Missouri State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri (CLAIM) is the official State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) in Missouri. CLAIM provides free, unbiased information to help Missourians get the most from their Medicare benefits.
How healthy is the state of Missouri?
Missouri is the eighteenth most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the 40th healthiest state in the nation. Missouri's strength as a healthy state is helped by its high rate of high school graduation as well as its high use of early prenatal care. Two challenges facing Missouri are its high prevalence of smoking as well as its high incidence of infectious disease.
All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.