Medicare in Oregon

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By the numbers

In 2012, Oregon had 653,905 beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare, making up 17% of the total population. And according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Oregon beneficiaries used many health services covered by Medicare.

Number of Oregon beneficiaries that used a Medicare service, by type

  • Inpatient hospital care - 87,580
  • Hospital outpatient care - 201,000
  • Admissions to nursing facilities - 15,143
  • Admissions to nursing facility - 15,143

Almost 20,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Oregon received care at one of the state's 47 hospices, and 21,000 Medicare beneficiaries used home health services.

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 Oregon

Oregon Medicare Savings Programs: Beneficiaries can apply for Medicare Savings Programs in Oregon that offer financial assistance to people with limited income or resources. The programs offer discounts on premiums, deductibles, and other medical expenses.

Oregon State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program in Oregon has a toll free number you can call or you can get one-on-one counseling from a trained SHIBA volunteer in your area.

How healthy is the state of Oregon?

Oregon is the twenty-seventh most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 14th healthiest state to live. Oregon's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low prevalence of smoking as well as low levels of air pollution. Two challenges facing Oregon are its low per capita public health funding as well as high percentage of children in poverty.

All data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.