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Medicare in New Hampshire
By the numbers
As of 2012, New Hampshire was home to 231,444 Medicare beneficiaries. Compared to other states, New Hampshire has a very low number of beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. The following is some information on Medicare enrollment and spending in New Hampshire in 2012:
- Total enrollment for all Medicare Advantage plans in New Hampshire - 10,723
- Number of Medicare Advantage plans in New Hampshire - 15
- Percentage of Medicare Advantage (MA) beneficiaries with a $0 premium - 54.43%
- Percentage of MA beneficiaries with a $50 or higher premium - 28.69%
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 New Hampshire
New Hampshire Medicare Savings Programs: Residents enrolled in Medicare in New Hampshire can apply for savings programs to get discounts on medical bills. Most programs only accept beneficiaries with limited incomes, but the only way to know for certain if you qualify is to apply.
New Hampshire State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): A grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services supports ServiceLink resource centers in New Hampshire. These centers have trained Medicare specialists in every county that give free and confidential health insurance counseling and will help beneficiaries apply for Medicare Savings Programs.
How healthy is the state of New Hampshire?
New Hampshire is the forty-second most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the second healthiest state. New Hampshire's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low percentage of children in poverty as well as its low violent crime rate. Two challenges facing New Hampshire are its moderate per capita public health funding as well as moderate prevalence of binge drinking.
All data provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.