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Medicare in Washington

By the numbers

Washington has over one million Medicare beneficiaries and 64% had an income that was at least 200% over the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The number of Washington beneficiaries that receive both Medicare and Medicaid was less than the national average.

  • Number of Medicare beneficiaries in Washington: 1,029,529
  • Percentage whose income was under the Federal Poverty Level: 11%
  • Number of Washington residents who receive both Medicare and Medicaid benefits: 149,952
  • Percentage of Medicare beneficiaries also eligible for Medicaid in Washington: 16%

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 Washington

Washington Medicare Savings Programs: If you live in Washington and have an income that is below the Federal Poverty Limit annually set by the government, then you may qualify for a Medicare Savings Program that offers financial relief for some beneficiaries.

Washington State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) provides free, unbiased health care coverage counseling to Washington residents. They can help you understand your health care options and Medicare rights.

How healthy is the state of Washington?

Washington is the thirteenth most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 15th healthiest state to live. Washington's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low prevalence of smoking as well as low rate of preventable hospitalizations. Two challenges facing Washington are its low immunization coverage as well as low use of early prenatal care.

All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

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