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Medicare in South Carolina

By the numbers

As of 2012, there were 820,947 total Medicare beneficiaries in South Carolina.

The following is some information on Medicare enrollment in South Carolina and spending in 2012:

  • Number of South Carolina residents with Medicare: 820,947
  • Amount that South Carolina spent on Medicare: $7.2 million
  • Increase in Medicare spending between 1991 and 2009: 10%
  • Residents who qualified for Medicare and Medicaid: 152,460
  • Percentage who qualified for Medicare because of age: 80%
  • Percentage who qualified for Medicare because of a disability: 20%

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 South Carolina

South Carolina Medicare Savings Programs: South Carolina residents can save money each year through Medicare Savings Programs for people with limited income or resources. You may qualify for help paying for your Medicare premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance.

South Carolina State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): South Carolina and the United States government put together a program called the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), also known in South Carolina as the Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referrals for Elders program (I-CARE). I-CARE has staff throughout the state that provides free counseling on various Medicare topics.

How healthy is the state of South Carolina?

South Carolina is the twenty-fourth most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 45th healthiest state to live. South Carolina's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low prevalence of binge drinking as well as high immunization coverage. Two challenges facing South Carolina are its high prevalence of obesity as well as a high prevalence of diabetes.

All data provided by Kaiser Family Foundation.

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