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If you’re a beneficiary in Utah, you may have several options when it comes to your Medicare coverage. You can enroll in Original Medicare (Part A and Part B), which is the federally administered health-care program. If you have Original Medicare, you can also enroll in a stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plan for help with prescription costs.

Or, alternatively, you can enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan, which offers the same level of coverage as Original Medicare, but may also cover extra benefits like routine vision or hearing, and prescription drugs.

Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans must have a contract with Medicare in order to offer Medicare plans (such as a Medicare HMO or a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan). Because of this, not every Medicare plan is available statewide or in all service areas. It’s important to search for Medicare plan options for your specific county and zip code in Utah.

Below is statistical information on Medicare enrollment in Utah in 2018, by the numbers*:

  • Utah beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Part B, but not Medicare Advantage: 247,862
  • Utah beneficiaries enrolled in a Medicare Advantage or other Medicare health plan: 141,602
  • Total number of Utah beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare: 389,464
  • Utah beneficiaries enrolled in prescription drug coverage under Medicare Part D: 274,440

Medicare resources in Utah

Utah Medicare Savings Programs: These programs help low-income Utah beneficiaries with out-of-pocket Medicare costs like premiums, deductibles, and copayments. Your income and assets will need to meet a certain threshold to qualify. To learn more, contact the Utah Medicaid department, which administers these programs.

Utah State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) created SHIP as a resource for Medicare beneficiaries in states like Utah. SHIP provides free, unbiased counseling that helps keep people informed about their Medicare and health coverage options. To look up the local SHIP office in your area, visit the Utah Aging and Adult Services website.

*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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