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Medicare in New Jersey
By the numbers
There are 1,378,274 beneficiaries living in New Jersey. The state spent just over $15 billion in 2009 using a variety of health care services covered by Medicare. The following is the number of Medicare beneficiaries that received care in New Jersey, by type:
- Inpatient hospital care - 423,905
- Hospital outpatient services - 626,000
- Hospice care - 30,884
- Home health care services - 95,000
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 Jersey
New Jersey Medicare Savings Programs: If you are enrolled in Medicare Part A and have limited resources and assets, then you may be eligible for a New Jersey Medicare Savings Programs that can help cover some of your out-of-pocket expenses for health care.
New Jersey State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides free help to New Jersey residents who have concerns or questions about Medicare. There are volunteer counselors available to help beneficiaries make informed decisions about their health care.
How healthy is the state of New Jersey?
New Jersey is the eleventh most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 11th healthiest state to live. New Jersey's strength as a healthy state is helped by its readily available primary care physicians as well as a low percentage of children in poverty. Two challenges facing New Jersey are its low use of early prenatal care as well as low immunization coverage.
All data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.