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Medicare in South Dakota
By the numbers
South Dakota has fewer Medicare beneficiaries than most states, but beneficiaries still make up 17% of South Dakota's population.
Following is some information on Medicare enrollment and spending in South Dakota in 2012:
- Number of residents enrolled in Medicare: 141,079
- Beneficiaries whose income is below Federal Poverty Level (FPL): 14%
- Beneficiaries whose income is 200% or move above FPL: 58%
- Number of Medicare Advantage plans offered in South Dakota: 20
- Enrollment in Medicare Advantage in South Dakota: 16,179
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 Dakota
South Dakota Medicare Savings Programs: Residents with limited income and resources who struggle to pay for the things Medicare doesn't cover can apply to Medicare Savings Programs in South Dakota. They may help pay for some or all of your out-of-pocket expenses.
South Dakota State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): Senior Health Information and Insurance Education (SHIINE) is South Dakota's free and unbiased information resource for beneficiaries. SHIINE can help you understand Medicare and your benefits. SHIINE has offices and staff all over South Dakota.
How healthy is the state of South Dakota?
South Dakota is the forty-sixth most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 23rd healthiest state to live. South Dakota's strength as a healthy state is helped by its high rate of high school graduation as well as low prevalence of diabetes. Two challenges facing South Dakota are its high prevalence of binge drinking as well as high occupational fatalities rate.
All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.