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What is Medicare in Indiana?

Like in the rest of the country, Medicare in Indiana is reserved for people age 65 and older and people who are disabled and receiving Social Security Disability Insurance. Medicare has four “parts” designated by letters, plus Medicare Supplement, which has no letter designation.

  • Medicare Part A, hospital insurance, is administered by the federal government. You may be automatically enrolled when you are eligible.
  • Medicare Part B, medical insurance, is also administered by the federal government. You may be automatically enrolled when you are eligible. Together, Medicare Part A and Part B are called “Original Medicare.”
  • Medicare Part C, also called Medicare Advantage, combines the benefits of Medicare Part A and Part B is offered by private insurance companies contracted with Medicare in Indiana. Medicare Part C often offers extra benefits that Original Medicare generally doesn’t cover, such as routine vision, routine dental, and routine hearing coverage.
  • Medicare Part D, prescription drug coverage, is offered by private insurance companies in Indiana regulated by Medicare. Medicare Part D is available as a stand-alone plan that can be used alongside Original Medicare. Medicare Part D coverage can also be part of Medicare Advantage plan.
  • Medicare Supplement, offered by private insurance companies in Indiana regulated by Medicare, helps cover some of the costs of Original Medicare, such as coinsurance, copayments, and deductibles. You can get a Medicare Supplement insurance plan to go alongside Original Medicare, not alongside Medicare Advantage.

How many people are enrolled in Medicare in Indiana?

According to the United States Census Bureau, the population of Indiana in 2017 was 6.6 million. Over 1.2 million people, or 18 about percent of the population of Indiana, were Medicare beneficiaries in 2018, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Fewer people are enrolled in Medicare Advantage in Indiana than in Original Medicare in 2018. About one third of Medicare beneficiaries in Indiana are enrolled in Medicare Advantage and the other two thirds are enrolled in Original Medicare according to CMS.

Stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug plans are more popular than Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans in Indiana. Over 637,000 Medicare beneficiaries are enrolled in stand-alone prescription drug plans compared to over 292,000 enrolled in Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans according to CMS.

How Many Medicare plans are available in Indiana?

According to CMS, 100% of people with Medicare in Indiana have access to a Medicare Advantage plan in 2018. There are 80 Medicare Advantage plans available in 2018 in Indiana, although not all plans may be available in all areas.

There are 24 stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans available in Indiana in 2018 according to CMS.

What are Medicare resources in Indiana?

Indiana Medicare Savings Program: this program helps eligible, low-income Medicare beneficiaries pay for Medicare with the Medicaid program. You may be eligible depending on your monthly income and assets.

Indiana Extra Help Program: this program specifically helps pay for Medicare prescription drug costs, including your prescription drug plan’s monthly premium, yearly deductible, coinsurance and copayments. According to CMS, 26% of people with Medicare in Indiana get Extra Help.

Indiana State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP): this programs provides free health insurance counseling for people with Medicare.

To find out more about Medicare in Indiana, just enter your zip code in the “zip code” field on this page.

This information is not a complete description of benefits. Contact the plan for more information. Limitations, copayments, and restrictions may apply.

Benefits, premiums and/or copayments/co-insurance may change on January 1 of each year.

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