Maine Medicare Plans
By 2012, the US Census projected the total Maine population to be about 1.3 million people. Of that population, 276,467 were Maine Medicare beneficiaries, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. That is approximately 21% of the population, which is one of the highest rates in the U.S. With so many beneficiaries in population enrolled in Medicare, there are plenty of available resources to get answers and counseling.
A few of the insurance companies offering Maine Medicare plans include:
- Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
- United of Omaha
Medicare Resources in Maine
Maine Office of Aging and Disability Services: The Maine Office of Aging and Disability Services (OADS) is a state agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. Their main function is to promote health related services and programs to the elderly, the disabled, and their families. Through the OADS, Maine Medicare beneficiaries can find services and community programs that will help them make better decisions regarding their coverage and health. A few examples of the services and programs offered by the OADS include:
- Adult Protective Services
- Healthy Choices programs
- State Health Insurance Program
- Senior Medicare Patrol
- Legal Services for the Elderly
- Long Term Care Services
Eastern Area Agency on Aging: The Eastern Area Agency on Aging (EAAA) is a non-profit organization formed in 1973 to assist the aging population of the four eastern counties of Maine. The EAAA is staffed and governed by volunteers who are highly trained to deliver one-on-one counseling. Maine Medicare beneficiaries can receive information about services and health options related to their health care and Medicare coverage. Services include the Aging and Disability Resource Center, caregiver case management, community services, and nutrition services.
Southern Maine Agency on Aging: The Southern Maine Agency on Aging (SMAA) serves Portland and Cumberland County by delivering services, health information, and other resources that help improve the well being of seniors living in that area. Founded as a non-profit organization in 1973, the SMAA strives to promote independence and encourage an active lifestyle for seniors. Both paid employees and volunteers, who are all trained to connect seniors and their families to appropriate programs and services, staff the SMAA. Maine Medicare beneficiaries can receive help regarding their coverage, billing, insurance options, and complaints.
Medicare Insurance Trends in Maine
Here are some interesting trends regarding Medicare in Maine:
- 52% of beneficiaries were female, and 48% were male.
- 97% were white, while 3% were black, Hispanic, or other race.
- There 97,519 full and partial dual eligible beneficiaries.
- 38% of total Maine Medicare beneficiaries were dual eligibles.
- Medicare related inpatient hospital care totaled 59,695, with 302,915 total days of care.
- There were 59,774 total admissions to Medicare skilled nursing facilities.
- 5,564 people were treated by Medicare hospice services for a total of 333,326 days of care.
- There were 42,223 people enrolled in Medicare Advantage.
- 54.43% of Medicare Advantage enrollees had a $0 monthly premium.
- 28.69% of Medicare Advantage enrollees had a $50 or more monthly premium.
Data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.