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Medicare in North Carolina
By the numbers
In 2012, there were almost 2 million Medicare beneficiaries in North Carolina. To learn more about Medicare in North Carolina, here are some statistics:
- Beneficiaries in North Carolina with both Medicare Part A and Part B coverage: 1,833,621
- Beneficiaries in North Carolina with both Medicare Part A and Part B coverage who are 65 or older: 1,474,567
- Beneficiaries in North Carolina with both Medicare Part A and Part B coverage who under 65: 359,054
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 prescription drug 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 North Carolina
North Carolina Medicare Savings Programs: North Carolina has Medicare Savings Programs that help beneficiaries each year. If you have limited income or resources, you may qualify for discounts on your out-of-pocket expenses, such as premiums and deductibles.
North Carolina State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): In North Carolina, SHIP staff members counsel Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers on many different Medicare related topics. The counselors also help beneficiaries and their caregivers recognize and prevent billing errors and possible Medicare fraud.
Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012 Medicare Enrollment Data by State and Age.