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Medicare celebrates 50th anniversary with 55 million covered

New Medicare state-by-state enrollment numbers released

Medicare & You logo 2015July 30, 2015 - As Medicare and Medicaid celebrate their 50th anniversary protecting the health and well-being of millions of seniors, people with disabilities and low-income individuals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released updated Medicare state-by-state enrollment numbers, showing that more than 55 million Americans are covered by Medicare.

In 1966, approximately 19.1 million Americans were covered by Medicare. In 2012, there were nearly 52 million beneficiaries covered by Medicare.

Today’s enrollment numbers represent a three million person increase during the last three years as the Baby Boom generation has started to retire. Medicare beneficiaries depend on the program to provide critical health services such as preventive services, including flu shots and diabetes screenings, hospital stays, lab tests and critical supplies like wheelchairs and prescription drugs.

"Over the last 50 years, Medicare has become part of the fabric of our communities, protecting the well-being and financial security of millions of American families as they age or if they become disabled. In doing so, Medicare has kept up with dramatic demographic changes and led the charge toward improving health care delivery," said Andy Slavitt, CMS acting administrator.

"As we preserve and advance Medicare for future generations, we are focused on helping build a better system with smarter spending that keeps people healthier."

CMS also releases state-by-state Medicaid enrollments on a monthly basis. As of May 2015, over 71.6 million individuals were enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) with 12.8 million more gaining coverage since 2013. More information is available on Medicaid.gov.

The chart below outlines enrollment as of May 2015 in Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Part D (prescription drug plans):

 

Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage

Part D

State

Medicare
Parts A
and/or B

Medicare
Advantage1

Total

Stand-Alone
Drug Plan

Medicare
Advantage with
Drug Coverage

Total

Alabama

714,475

246,373

960,848

452,298

229,424

681,722

Alaska

82,292

665

82,957

32,649

465

33,114

Arizona

685,835

433,055

1,118,890

383,601

414,757

798,358

Arkansas

469,450

121,903

591,353

298,282

105,044

403,326

California

3,246,443

2,354,920

5,601,363

2,067,831

2,227,601

4,295,432

Colorado

486,962

290,466

777,428

278,220

270,140

548,360

Connecticut

465,754

161,781

627,535

317,170

151,704

468,874

Delaware

163,003

15,077

178,080

115,989

12,163

128,152

District of Columbia

76,076

11,735

87,811

38,777

11,033

49,810

Florida

2,367,608

1,601,277

3,968,885

1,401,435

1,518,812

2,920,247

Georgia

1,023,363

480,178

1,503,541

611,803

456,095

1,067,898

Hawaii

130,226

112,326

242,552

61,779

108,148

169,927

Idaho

186,352

91,711

278,063

104,739

81,022

185,761

Illinois

1,585,563

472,008

2,057,571

1,051,092

385,676

1,436,768

Indiana

867,439

274,477

1,141,916

597,766

225,331

823,097

Iowa

482,104

86,749

568,853

358,169

71,192

429,361

Kansas

416,622

67,545

484,167

277,987

58,803

336,790

Kentucky

631,252

226,064

857,316

456,903

173,808

630,711

Louisiana

547,162

239,874

787,036

339,349

230,597

569,946

Maine

234,647

69,616

304,263

149,639

63,669

213,308

Maryland

842,226

81,163

923,389

475,626

68,903

544,529

Massachusetts

948,839

261,433

1,210,272

578,654

238,763

817,417

Michigan

1,263,405

622,116

1,885,521

1,086,223

365,255

1,451,478

Minnesota

416,680

489,099

905,779

391,006

286,560

677,566

Mississippi

472,274

84,720

556,994

316,868

75,485

392,353

Missouri

804,245

324,780

1,129,025

527,833

299,985

827,818

Montana

162,736

36,852

199,588

91,322

34,763

126,085

Nebraska

271,448

39,218

310,666

185,386

31,687

217,073

Nevada

296,171

149,826

445,997

150,293

144,634

294,927

New Hampshire

244,219

20,067

264,286

148,826

14,996

163,822

New Jersey

1,252,414

233,355

1,485,769

876,915

183,598

1,060,513

New Mexico

251,323

117,883

369,206

143,187

112,227

255,414

New York

2,077,589

1,251,906

3,329,495

1,384,028

1,151,552

2,535,580

North Carolina

1,221,482

529,303

1,750,785

786,481

483,175

1,269,656

North Dakota

98,440

19,871

118,311

78,232

5,068

83,300

Ohio

1,241,692

898,626

2,140,318

1,035,905

598,792

1,634,697

Oklahoma

557,128

116,649

673,777

342,071

100,146

442,217

Oregon

414,968

330,468

745,436

243,883

295,092

538,975

Pennsylvania

1,501,476

1,018,209

2,519,685

1,035,656

842,655

1,878,311

Rhode Island

130,451

71,751

202,202

81,821

68,980

150,801

South Carolina

708,740

219,934

928,674

452,710

201,873

654,583

South Dakota

125,660

29,233

154,893

93,950

10,875

104,825

Tennessee

797,583

426,921

1,224,504

504,231

399,407

903,638

Texas

2,436,297

1,159,610

3,595,907

1,552,590

919,046

2,471,636

Utah

224,070

116,912

340,982

120,665

110,507

231,172

Vermont

120,557

10,024

130,581

86,007

8,494

94,501

Virginia

1,082,620

255,307

1,337,927

613,006

214,850

827,856

Washington

819,681

356,870

1,176,551

427,326

308,397

735,723

West Virginia

301,883

113,220

415,103

199,348

89,221

288,569

Wisconsin

645,149

397,405

1,042,554

421,147

301,225

722,372

Wyoming

90,820

3,678

94,498

56,075

2,304

58,379

American Samoa

4,174

238

4,412

351

225

576

Guam

14,764

63

14,827

3,026

54

3,080

Northern Mariana Islands

*

*

2,063

*

*

480

Puerto Rico

195,888

561,658

757,546

14,994

557,169

572,163

Virgin Islands

19,074

236

19,310

11,090

202

11,292

Pending State Designation

*

*

3,046

*

*

923

Foreign and Other Outlying Areas

422,200

4,014

426,214

7,589

3,445

11,034

Total

37,345,712

17,710,809

55,056,521

23,920,896

15,325,400

39,246,296

1 The following organization types are included in the Medicare Advantage column: Local and Regional Coordinated Care Plans, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) plans, Medical Savings Account (MSA) plans, Section 1876 Cost Contract plans, Section 1833 Health Care Prepayment (HCPP) plans, Chronic Care Plans, and Medicare-Medicaid Demonstration Plans.

* CMS is obligated by the federal Privacy Act, 5 U.S.C. Section. 552a and the HIPAA Privacy Rule, 45 C.F.R Parts 160 and 164, to protect the privacy of individual beneficiaries and other persons. All direct identifiers have been removed from this data file. In addition, information is suppressed that is based upon fewer than eleven (11) beneficiaries in the population.


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