Medicare in Oklahoma
By the numbers
The 653,905 Medicare beneficiaries in Oklahoma made up 17% of the state's population. Between 1991 and 2009, Oklahoma's increase in Medicare spending, 8.3%, was almost the same as the national average of 8%.
Demographics of Oklahoma beneficiaries as a percentage of total state Medicare population
- Female: 54%
- Male: 46%
- White: 80%
- Black: 6%
- Other Race: 13%
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 Oklahoma
Oklahoma Medicare Savings Programs: You may qualify for one of Oklahoma's saving programs. Usually, your income has to be under a limit that is set by the government each year. These programs help pay for premiums, deductibles, and other out-of-pocket expenses.
Oklahoma State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): Oklahoma's Senior Health Insurance Counseling Program (SHIP) is a non-profit organization that informs the public about Medicare and other senior health insurance issues. SHIP provides accurate and objective assistance, counseling, and advocacy for Medicare beneficiaries, their families and people who will soon be eligible.
How healthy is the state of Oklahoma?
Oklahoma is the twenty-eighth most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 48th healthiest state to live. Oklahoma's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low prevalence of binge drinking as well as low incidence of infectious disease. Two challenges facing Oklahoma are its high prevalence of smoking and obesity as well as low use of prenatal care.
All data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.