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The state of Missouri had more than 1.1 million Medicare beneficiaries as of 2015. To learn more about Medicare in Missouri, here are some statistics:

  • Beneficiaries in Missouri with Medicare Part A and/or Part B coverage: 804, 245
  • Beneficiaries in Missouri enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan: 324, 780
  • Beneficiaries in Missouri with Medicare prescription drug coverage: 827, 818
  • Beneficiaries enrolled in a stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plan: 527, 833

Private insurance companies that offer Medicare Advantage plans and stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plans must have a contract with Medicare in order to sell 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 Missouri

Missouri Medicare Savings Programs: Paying Part A and Part B premiums and deductibles can be difficult for some beneficiaries. Missouri residents can apply for programs that help by offering discounts to low-income beneficiaries. To learn more and apply, visit the Missouri Department of Social Services.

Missouri State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): Community Leaders Assisting the Insured of Missouri (CLAIM) is the official State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) in Missouri. CLAIM provides free, unbiased information to help Missourians get the most from their Medicare benefits.

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.

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