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By the numbers

Washington has over 1.1 million Medicare beneficiaries. Below is more information on Medicare in Washington.

  • Number of Washington residents who are enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Part B : 819, 681
  • Number of Washington residents with Medicare: 1, 176, 551
  • Number of Washington residents who get Medicare coverage through a Medicare Advantage plan: 356, 870
  • Washington beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Part D: 735, 723

Medicare Advantage plans and stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (which work alongside Original Medicare) are available through private insurance companies that 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 Washington

Washington Medicare Savings Programs: If you live in Washington and have an income that is below the Federal Poverty Limit annually set by the government, then you may qualify for a Medicare Savings Program that offers financial relief for some beneficiaries.

Washington State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) provides free, unbiased health care coverage counseling to Washington residents. They can help you understand your health care options and Medicare rights.

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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