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Medicare in Dist. of Columbia
Medicare in Dist. of Columbia - By the Numbers
Medicare provides health insurance coverage for people age 65 or older or for those under age 65 who suffer from specific medical disabilities. Consider the following Medicare statistics from Washington, D.C.:
- Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B in the District of Columbia who are 65 or older: 65,405
- Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B in the District of Columbia who are under 65: 16,357
- Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part A only in the District of Columbia: 18,708
- Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part B only in the District of Columbia: 2,724
Health Care Reform and Medicare
In 2010, the President signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which includes the following changes to the Medicare program:
- Phasing out the coverage gap ("donut hole") - Medicare beneficiaries who enter the Medicare Part D coverage gap will get additional savings on brand-name and generic drugs. Drug manufacturer discounts and government subsidies help reduce your prescription costs if you reach the coverage gap. The Affordable Care Act will close the "donut hole" completely by 2020.
Improved preventive care - Eliminates deductibles, copayments, and other cost sharing for preventive services covered under Medicare Part B. This includes coverage of free annual wellness check-ups starting in 2011. For more information, see: "The Affordable Care Act & Medicare," Medicare.gov
Dist. of Columbia Medicare Resources
Washington, D.C. seniors and those eligible for Medicare can also refer to the following resources for additional information on Medicare within the District of Columbia.
Washington, D.C. residents can save money on Medicare each year through savings programs for people with limited income or resources who pay some or all of Medicare's premiums and may pay Medicare deductibles and coinsurance.
Provides information to District of Columbia residents about Medicare, including assistance on understanding your Medicare rights/protections and how to submit a complaint about medical care or treatment.
Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2012 Medicare Enrollment Data by State and Age.