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By the numbers

The following is some data on Medicare enrollment in Connecticut at the end of 2018:*

  • Number of Medicare beneficiaries in Connecticut: 671,988
  • Medicare beneficiaries in Connecticut enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (or other Medicare health) plan: 260,370
  • Number of Connecticut beneficiaries with Medicare prescription drug coverage: 527,867
  • Connecticut beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan that includes prescription drug coverage: 232,325

Medicare Advantage plans and Prescription Drug Plan sponsors must have a contract with Medicare in order to offer Medicare insurance plans (such as a Medicare HMO or a Medicare Part D Prescription Drug 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 Connecticut

Beneficiaries in Connecticut have access to various Medicare resources that can answer questions about benefits, costs, and Medicare plans in Connecticut.

Connecticut Medicare Savings Programs: If your income falls below a certain limit, you may qualify for savings. Some programs that assist beneficiaries with health care costs are the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary program (QMB), the Special Low Income Medicare Beneficiary program (SLMB) and the Additional Low Income Medicare Beneficiary program (ALMB).

Connecticut State Health Insurance and Assistance Programs (SHIP): Connecticut’s program for SHIP is called CHOICES (Connecticut’s program for Health insurance assistance, Outreach, Information and referral, Counseling, Eligibility Screening). The CHOICES program provides information to residents aged 60 and older and also persons with disabilities. It is free to Connecticut residents and is funded by the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services, the Area Agencies on Aging, and the Center for Medicare Advocacy.

*Source: Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), “Medicare Enrollment Dashboard,” from the CMS Office of Enterprise Data & Analytics, February 2019.

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