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Medicare in Wisconsin
By the numbers
In 2012, there were 948,489 Medicare beneficiaries in the state of Wisconsin. Following is some information on Medicare enrollment and spending in Wisconsin:
- Total enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans in Wisconsin: 301,548
- Amount that Wisconsin spends on Medicare per beneficiary: $8,908
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 Wisconsin
Wisconsin Medicare Savings Programs: Wisconsin's Medicare Savings Programs may be able to help you pay for things like your Part A premium. These programs are generally for beneficiaries who have limited income.
Wisconsin State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): SHIP is a federal and state funded program that helps beneficiaries better understand their Medicare coverage. In Wisconsin, SHIP operates two toll-free assistance centers: the Wisconsin Medigap Part D and Prescription Drug Helpline for seniors and the Disability Drug Benefit Helpline for people who get Medicare because of a disability.
How healthy is the state of Wisconsin?
Wisconsin is the twentieth most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 13th healthiest state to live. Wisconsin's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low rate of uninsured population as well as low incidence of infectious disease. Two challenges facing Wisconsin are its high prevalence of binge drinking as well as low per capita public health funding.
All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.