Iowa Medicare Plans
Iowa's total population was about 3,074,186 by the end of 2012, according to US Census projections. Of that population, the Kaiser Family Foundation counted 531,209 Iowa Medicare beneficiaries, or 17% of the total population. With over half a million citizens enrolled in Medicare, there are plenty of resources available.
Some of the private insurance companies offering Medicare plans in Iowa include:
- Mutual of Omaha
Medicare Resources in Iowa
Iowa Department on Aging: Iowa has a fast-growing population of citizens 60 years old and older. To help serve this growing demographic, the state government established the Iowa Department on Aging as part of the federal directive of the Older Americans Act (OAA) of 1965. The Department on Aging coordinates state activities and community groups that are funded by the OAA, and it develops an ongoing State Plan on Aging. The Department on Aging also serves as a technical resource for any agency or organization serving the needs of older individuals. A few of the programs sponsored by the Iowa Department on Aging include, but are not limited to:
- Aging and Disability Resource Centers
- Case Management Program for Frail Elders
- Elder abuse prevention and awareness programs
- Nutrition program
Aging Resources of Central Iowa: The Area Resources of Central Iowa serves Des Moines and central Iowa area as the local Area Agency on Aging (AAA). As part of their mission, they serve Medicare beneficiaries, the aging population, their families, and caregivers by planning and coordinating services and help elders in the area become more independent and lead more meaningful lives. Staffed by a group of trained volunteers, Aging Resources offers case management for elders needing home-based services. Other services include family caregiver programs, provider information and assistance, as well as nutrition and health education.
Iowa Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP): This program provides free and confidential one-on-one assistance to Iowa Medicare beneficiaries. Their group of highly trained volunteer counselors helps seniors make informed and sound decisions about Medicare and other types of health coverage. SHIIP can help Medicare beneficiaries with questions about coverage, benefits, long-term care, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement Insurance, and Medicare prescription drug coverage Their website also provides numerous links and downloadable brochures to help aid seniors.
Medicare Insurance Trends in Iowa
Here are some interesting trends regarding Medicare in Iowa:
- 86.5% of Iowa Medicare beneficiaries were aged, while 13.5% were disabled.
- 57% of Medicare beneficiaries were female, while 43% were male.
- 96% were white, while only 4% were black, Hispanic, or other race.
- There were 71,643 enrolled in Medicare Advantage, or 13.91% of overall Iowa Medicare beneficiaries.
- 54.43% of Medicare Advantage enrollees had a $0 monthly premium.
- 28.69% of Medicare Advantage enrollees had a $50 or more monthly premium.
- 10.99% of the total Iowa Medicare population was enrolled in a Medicare Advantage local HMO or PPO.
- The average monthly premium for Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (PDP) was $56.52.
- The minimum available PDP monthly premium was $15, while the maximum was $110.20.
- There were 82,821 low-income subsidy recipients for Medicare PDPs.
Data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.