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By the numbers

As of 2018, more than 2.3 million Medicare beneficiaries resided in Ohio according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Here are additional facts about Medicare enrollment in Ohio.

  • Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Part B in Ohio: 1,343,069
  • Ohio beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage and other health plans: 963,602
  • Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part D in Ohio: 1,805,281
  • Ohio beneficiaries enrolled in a stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plan: 1,045,544

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 Ohio

Ohio Medicare Savings Programs: Ohio offers Medicare Savings Programs that help pay for Medicare premiums, coinsurance, and deductibles. Most people who qualify for assistance have limited income and resources.

Ohio State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) offers one-on-one counseling, a speaker’s bureau, hotline experts, and trained volunteers. They help educate residents about Medicare and other health insurance matters. It is free resource that is funded in part by a grant from the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS).

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