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Medicare in Nebraska
By the numbers
Medicare beneficiaries make up 16% of the state's population. Medicare in Nebraska spent $2.5 billion on its 287,565 beneficiaries in 2012. The following is some information on Medicare enrollment and spending in Nebraska in 2012:
- Nebraska beneficiaries who have creditable prescription drug coverage - 244,510
- Beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan in Nebraska - 33,098
- There were 32 Prescription Drug Plans and 44 Medicare Advantage plans to choose from
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 Nebraska
Nebraska Medicare Savings Programs: For low-income beneficiaries that live in Nebraska, there are programs that offer discounts on expenses like premiums and coinsurance. Any beneficiary can apply to one of the savings program to see if they qualify for financial assistance.
Nebraska State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The Nebraska Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) is a free counseling service to help beneficiaries who would like more information about Medicare. They offer both online resources and community events.
How healthy is the state of Nebraska?
Nebraska is the thirty-eighth most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 16th healthiest state to live. Nebraska's strength as a healthy state is helped by its high rate of high school graduation as well as few poor mental and physical health days per month. Two challenges facing Nebraska are its high prevalence of binge drinking as well as high incidence of infectious diseases.
All data provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.