South Carolina Medicare

South Carolina Medicare
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South Carolina Medicare Plans

In 2012, South Carolina had 820,947 Medicare beneficiaries living in the state, which comprised 18% of the total population, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. To help thousands of residents understand their Medicare coverage options, the state provides a number of resources online and in-person.

Some health insurance companies that offer Medicare plans in South Carolina include:

  • Standard Security Life
  • Mutual of Omaha
  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • WellCare
  • Humana

Medicare Resources in South Carolina

Office on Aging - The Office on Aging is managemed by the office of the Lieutenant Governor. This office provides a wealth of information to seniors living in the state to help them achieve the highest quality of independent living possible. The office also offers information about South Carolina Medicare plans to help seniors make informed choices about their healthcare coverage. In addition to the many facts found right on the office's website, the following program are included under the oversight of the Office on Aging:

  • State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) - This program is also referred to as the Insurance Counseling Assistance and Referrals for Elders program (I-CARE). It provides free counseling and education regarding South Carolina Medicare plans. SHIP counselors are located throughout the state to offer one-on-one counseling and free seminars to South Carolina Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) - This program is designed to prevent Medicare fraud by alerting seniors to what fraud looks like and how they can protect themselves. The SMP also boasts a staff of trained volunteers that will counsel South Carolina Medicare beneficiaries on fraud and how to report errors on their claims forms.

South Carolina Upstate Aging and Disability Resource Center - This state office provides many similar programs to the statewide Office on Aging for residents living in the Greenville area. Sponsored by the Appalachian Council of Governments, the office offers information on various types of South Carolina Medicare plans, including ones that offer creditable prescription drug coverage. The website also has a listing of links to other agencies, phone numbers for SHIP counselors in the area, and contact information for the Medicare assistance program in the state. Training for SHIP counselors is also located at this office.

South Carolina Health and Human Services - For South Carolina Medicare beneficiaries who are having trouble affording their premiums or deductibles, help is available through the South Carolina Health and Human Services department. This state office oversees the Medicaid program for South Carolina. The website for the department offers information about the Qualified Medicare Beneficiaries (QMB) program, which offers assistance paying Part B premiums. Eligibility requirements and downloadable application forms are available through the website.

Medicare Insurance Trends in South Carolina

Here are some interesting trends regarding Medicare in South Carolina:

  • South Carolina spent $7,211 million on Medicare plans.
  • The state increased Medicare spending by 10.4% between 1991 and 2009.
  • There were slightly less men (45%) receiving South Carolina Medicare benefits than women.
  • Just over three-fourths (78%) of South Carolina Medicare beneficiaries were white, while 20% were black.
  • There were 152,460 Medicare beneficiaries in the state that also qualified for Medicaid benefits.
  • Most (79.7%) South Carolina Medicare beneficiaries qualified for benefits by age, while 20.3 qualified according to a disability.
  • A total of 454,000 South Carolina Medicare beneficiaries used outpatient services at a hospital during that year.
  • There were 213,040 Medicare beneficiaries discharged from hospitals after receiving inpatient service.
  • Nursing facilities admitted 34,373 Medicare beneficiaries for services.
  • The 82 hospices in the state provided services to 21,965 South Carolina Medicare beneficiaries.

Data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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