Wisconsin Medicare Plans
By the end of 2012, Wisconsin was home to 948,489 Medicare beneficiaries, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. That was about 17% of the total population. Wisconsin Medicare beneficiaries have plenty of resources they can utilize when they have questions or issues with their coverage.
A list of the common insurance companies that offer Wisconsin Medicare plans include:
- Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Mutual of Omaha
Medicare Resources in Wisconsin
Wisconsin Department of Aging: Wisconsin's Department of Aging is part of the Department of Health Services and offers a long list of resources for Wisconsin residents enrolled in Medicare. The Department of Aging coordinates with regional, local, and community based organizations that offer senior service. Examples of the services that are sponsored and administered by the Department of Aging include:
- Elderly Benefit Specialist Program
- Home & Community-Based Long-Term Care Program
- Elder abuse information
- Nutrition program
- Transportation services
Milwaukee County Department on Aging: The Milwaukee County Department on Aging (MCDA) is also the local Area Agency on Aging for the senior population in Milwaukee and the surrounding area. The MCDA was established to help the aging population and ensure that Wisconsin seniors maintain dignity and value in their lives. They develop and implement better human services for the county and help coordinate services provided by other local community organizations. Wisconsin Medicare beneficiaries can find help through services such as long-term care programs, elder abuse and crisis intervention, and assistance from the National Legal Research Center.
Area Agency on Aging of Dane County: The Area Agency on Aging of Dane County is part of the Dane County Department of Human Services. This agency serves the elderly population of Madison and all of Dane County with services related to aging. It helps promote independence and respect for all the aging citizens in the Wisconsin area. Additionally, they also help establish and provide cost-effective community based services for Wisconsin Medicare beneficiaries, such as caregiver support services, elder abuse awareness programs, benefit specialist programs, supportive home care, and even case management.
Medicare Insurance Trends in Wisconsin
Here are some interesting trends regarding Medicare in Wisconsin:
- 54% of beneficiaries were female and 46% were male.
- 93% were white, while 7% were black, Hispanic, or other race.
- 60% of beneficiaries had incomes at least twice the federal poverty level (FPL), while 10% were below the FPL.
- The average Medicare spending per enrollee was $8,908.
- There were 118,633 eligible dual eligible beneficiaries with low-income subsidies for Medicare prescription drug coverage.
- About 33,000 beneficiaries used Medicare related home health services.
- Almost 23,000 beneficiaries used Medicare hospice services with a total of 1,555,795 days of care.
- There were 193,470 discharges for Medicare hospital inpatient services.
- There were 168,717 Medicare beneficiaries 18-64 covered through Social Security disability.
- A total of 301,548 beneficiaries were enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans.
Data provided by the Kaiser Family Foundation.