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By the numbers

As of 2018, there were over 1 million Medicare beneficiaries in South Carolina.* The following is some information on Medicare enrollment in South Carolina:

  • Number of South Carolina Medicare beneficiaries: 1,047,824
  • Number of South Carolina residents with Medicare Part D coverage: 760,535
  • Number of South Carolina residents enrolled in Medicare Advantage or other Medicare health plans: 291,999
  • South Carolina beneficiaries with a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan: 271,306

Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans are offered through private insurance companies that contract with Medicare to offer Medicare plans (which can include Medicare HMOs or Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans). 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 South Carolina

South Carolina Medicare Savings Programs: Certain South Carolina residents can save money each year through Medicare Savings Programs for people with limited income or resources. You may qualify for help paying for your Medicare premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance. Medicare Savings Programs are run through state Medicaid programs; to learn more, contact the South Carolina Medicaid department.

South Carolina State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): South Carolina and the United States government put together a program called the State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), also known in South Carolina as the Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referrals for Elders program (I-CARE). I-CARE has staff throughout the state that provides free counseling on various Medicare topics.

*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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