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Medicare in South Carolina
By the numbers
As of 2012, there were almost 1 million Medicare beneficiaries in South Carolina. The following is some information on Medicare enrollment in South Carolina in 2012:
- Number of South Carolina residents with Medicare Part A and Part B coverage: 955,342
- Number of South Carolina residents with Medicare Part A coverage only: 64,990
- Number of South Carolina residents with Medicare Part B coverage only: 5,697
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 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.
Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012 Medicare Enrollment Data by State and Age.