Arizona Medicare Plans
Although Arizona is a popular state for retirees, only 15% of the total state population in the state was enrolled in Medicare in 2012. However, that number translates to 977,447 residents with Medicare coverage in during the same year, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. To help this large population navigate their health care options, there are a number of resources available.
Common Arizona private insurance companies approved by Medicare include:
- United of Omaha
Medicare Resources in Arizona
Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Aging and Adult Services - This state office offers information about Arizona Medicare options to retirees and disabled residents. Both Medicare and Medicaid information is available through this office. This includes information about Medicare Advantage plans, Prescription Drug Plans, and dual-eligibility programs. In addition, the Division of Aging and Adult Services oversees the following programs:
- State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) - Offers free counseling services to beneficiaries and their families.
- Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) - Created to help beneficiaries protect themselves from fraud and report errors in billing claims.
- Ferret Out Fraud Program - Trains volunteers to educate their peers on Medicare fraud issues.
Arizona Department of Insurance - This state government office provides variety of relevant information, including the most recent information about Medicare Part D plans available in the state. The department also offers a list of Medicare Supplement carriers, as well as information about the latest rules surrounding those plans. The overall goal of the Department of Insurance is to promote a healthy insurance industry, consumer protection, and economic development within Arizona. In addition to local information about Medicare in Arizona, the website offers links to national government offices for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security.
Community Partnership of Southern Arizona - The Community Partnership of Southern Arizona is the Regional Behavioral Health Authority contracted by the state to provide resources and behavioral health services to Arizona residents living in the southern region of the state. This agency also offers a wealth of information about Arizona Medicare plans on their website, particularly in the area of Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage. In addition to local information, it also offers links to national websites, such as the Center for Medicare Advocacy, where beneficiaries can collect additional information.
Medicare Insurance Trends in Arizona
Here are some interesting trends regarding Medicare in Arizona:
- The majority of Arizona Medicare beneficiaries are white (76%), while another 16% are Hispanic.
- Of all the Medicare beneficiaries in the state, 190,090 were discharged from hospitals after inpatient care.
- There were also 281,000 Arizona Medicare beneficiaries that used outpatient services at hospitals in the state.
- The 66 hospices throughout the state cared for 30,880 Arizona Medicare beneficiaries.
- Arizona spent $8,451 million on Arizona Medicare beneficiaries and plans.
- Most Arizona Medicare beneficiaries (791,220) had creditable prescription drug coverage.
- The number of beneficiaries with Medicare Advantage plans was 364,538.
- The state offered 62 Medicare Advantage plans to eligible Arizona Medicare beneficiaries.
- More than half (54.43%) of all Medicare Advantage enrollees had a $0 premium.
- Arizona offered 29 prescription drug plans to Medicare beneficiaries.
Data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.