Medicare in Montana
By the numbers
In 2012, there were 177,835 Medicare beneficiaries living in Montana. Only 18,855 of those beneficiaries are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid, which is a small amount in comparison to other states.
Following is some information on Medicare enrollment and spending in 2012:
- Percentage of Montana's population that is enrolled in Medicare: 16%
- Number of Montana residents enrolled in Medicare Advantage: 23,765
- Montana residents eligible for Medicare Part D: 161,509
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 Montana
Montana Medicare Savings Programs: People living in Montana can save money on Medicare every year through savings programs for people with limited income or assets. You can get help paying for all or some of the health care costs that aren't covered by Medicare.
Montana State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The Montana State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is a free counseling and advocacy service for Medicare beneficiaries and their families or caregivers. The program is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and is not affiliated with any insurance company.
How healthy is the state of Montana?
Montana is the forty-fourth most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 25th healthiest state to live. Montana's strength as a healthy state is helped by its lower prevalence of obesity than most other states as well as low levels of air pollution. Two challenges facing Montana are its low immunization coverage as well as high occupational fatalities rate.
All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.