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Medicare in Alabama
By the numbers
There are almost a million beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare in Alabama, according to the Centers from Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) data for 2015. Most beneficiaries are aged 65 or older. There may be some younger beneficiaries who receive Medicare benefits due to a disability or having end-stage renal disease or Lou Gehrig's disease. You must be either a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident of at least five continuous years.
Medicare beneficiaries in Alabama enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans: 246,373
Medicare beneficiaries in Alabama enrolled in stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plans: 452,298
Total number of Medicare beneficiaries in Alabama: 960,848
Private insurance companies must have contracts with Medicare to offer Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans. 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 its contract with Medicare, so the availability of a plan in a specific service area is subject to change.
Resources for Medicare in Alabama
Medicare Savings Programs: If your income is below a certain amount, then you may be able to get financial help. Beneficiaries with limited income can qualify for discounts on some of the things Medicare doesn't cover. Contact the Alabama Medicaid agency for details.
Alabama State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): Alabama's "Ageline" agency's SHIP coordinators are available to help beneficiaries who have questions about Medicare. They also provide information on which programs and plans are available to Alabama residents and how to file a complaint regarding care from a Medicare provider.
Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, "On its 50th anniversary, more than 55 million Americans covered by Medicare" as of July 28, 2015.