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Here are some statistics about Medicare beneficiaries in Mississippi as of 2018, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services:
Original Medicare is a government-sponsored health insurance program available to qualified people aged 65 and over and those under 65 with certain disabilities or health conditions, such as end-stage renal disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. You must be a U.S. citizen or a legal permanent resident of at least five continuous years to be eligible. It’s made up of Medicare Part A (hospital insurance) and Medicare Part B (medical insurance).
You don’t have to do anything to sign up for Medicare if you qualify for automatic enrollment — that is, if any of the following applies to you:
Please note that if you have end-stage renal disease (ESRD), you might qualify for Medicare even if you’re under 65 years old. If you have kidney failure, have had a kidney transplant, or need regular dialysis, contact Social Security (or the Railroad Retirement Board, if applicable) to find out whether you qualify for Medicare and how to apply.
If you want to enhance your Medicare coverage, you may have various Medicare plan options in Mississippi.
If you decide to stay with Original Medicare, you need to be aware that it doesn’t cover prescription medications in most situations. You also need to know that Original Medicare does have out-of-pocket costs associated with it, such as copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles.
Another choice you may have in Mississippi is to get your Original Medicare coverage through a Medicare Advantage plan from a private insurance company approved by Medicare. Medicare Advantage plans include the same coverage as Medicare Part A and Part B (except for hospice care, which Part A still covers), but many plans may offer additional benefits, such as routine dental care and prescription drug coverage.
No matter which Medicare plan option you may choose, you’ll still need to continue paying your Medicare Part B premium every month, along with any premium your plan may charge.
Medicare Savings Programs in Mississippi: Mississippi beneficiaries can apply for programs through Mississippi Medicaid that offer financial assistance. Some programs may offer discounts on expenses that aren’t covered by Medicare, such as premiums, deductibles, and copayments.
Mississippi State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): SHIP is a program sponsored by the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The program can answer your questions about various topics related to health insurance.
*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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