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Medicare in Wyoming
By the numbers
Even though there are only 84,076 residents enrolled in Medicare throughout the state of Wyoming, they make up 15% of the state's total population.
- Average amount that Wyoming spent per Medicare beneficiary in 2012: $8,165
- Number of Wyoming residents enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans: 3,365
- Total enrollment in stand-alone Prescription Drug Plans (PDP): 42,310
- Percentage of Medicare PDPs with a $0 deductible: 44%
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 Wyoming
Wyoming Medicare Savings Programs: If your income falls below a certain amount, then you may be eligible for a Medicare Savings Program that provides financial assistance to Wyoming beneficiaries.
State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The state's program is called that Wyoming State Health Insurance Information Program (WSHIIP). It helps people on Medicare understand their rights and answer their questions about Medicare. WSHIIP has volunteer counselors in almost every county.
How healthy is the state of Wyoming?
Wyoming is the fiftieth most populous state in the U.S. and ranked as the 21st healthiest state to live. Wyoming's strength as a healthy state is helped by its low percentage of children in poverty as well as low violent crime rate. Two challenges facing Wyoming are its limited availability of primary care physicians as well as high occupational fatalities rate.
All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.