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Medicare in New Hampshire
By the numbers
As of 2015, New Hampshire was home to 264,286 Medicare beneficiaries, according to CMS (Centers from Medicare & Medicaid Services) data. The following is some information on Medicare enrollment in New Hampshire in 2015:
244,219 beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Part A and/or Part B.20,067 beneficiaries had Medicare Advantage plans.
163,822 beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Part D (stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plans or Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans). 14,996 beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plans, while 148,826 were enrolled in stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans.
Private insurance companies must have contracts with Medicare to offer Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare 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 its contract with Medicare, so the availability of a plan in a specific service area is subject to change.
Medicare resources in New Hampshire
Medicare Savings Programs: Residents enrolled in Medicare in New Hampshire can apply for savings programs to get discounts on medical bills. Most programs only accept beneficiaries with limited incomes, but the only way to know for certain if you qualify is to apply.
New Hampshire State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): A grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services supports ServiceLink resource centers in New Hampshire. These centers have trained Medicare specialists in every county that give free and confidential health insurance counseling and will help beneficiaries apply for Medicare Savings Programs.
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.