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Medicare in Vermont
By the numbers
Vermont has 117,393 residents enrolled in Medicare. A high percentage of these beneficiaries qualified because of their age, while less than 8% got their benefits because of a disability.
- Total amount spent on Medicare in Vermont in 2012 (in millions): $941
- Medicare spending increase in Vermont (1991-2009): 9%
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 Vermont
Vermont Medicare Savings Programs: Beneficiaries that live in Vermont and have an income that falls below a certain limit can qualify for programs that help cover medical bills that aren't included in Medicare's coverage.
Vermont State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The Vermont State Health Insurance Assistance Program is designed to provide answers to questions and address concerns about Medicare related issues.
Some of the topics beneficiaries can discuss with one of their trained counselors include:
- Medicare (Part A, Part B, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D, and Medicare Supplement) in Vermont
- VPharm (prescription drug coverage program for people with Medicare)
How healthy is the state of Vermont?
Vermont is the forty-ninth most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 1st healthiest state to live. Vermont's strength as a healthy state is helped by its high rate of high school graduation as well as low incidence of infectious disease. Two challenges facing Vermont are its high prevalence of binge drinking as well as moderate immunization coverage.
All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.