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More than half a million (621,118) Arkansas residents were enrolled in Medicare as of January 2018, according to statistics from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Whether you’re new to Medicare or looking to understand your different coverage options, there are a number of state resources that provide information and assistance about the various types of Medicare coverage available.

Medicare resources in Arkansas

DHS Division of Aging and Adult Services: This state government office provides a variety of resources and services protection to Arkansas seniors and disabled individuals, including Medicare beneficiaries. On the department website, you’ll find information on respite and home care services, free educational workshops, a hotline to report elder abuse, and more. This division also heads up a program called Senior Medicare Patrol, which teaches seniors how to protect themselves from Medicare fraud and the steps to take if they encounter an error on their Medicare claims. The program uses trained volunteers to assist Arkansas beneficiaries with their questions and concerns.

Arkansas Medicaid: The Arkansas Medicaid program provides financial assistance to eligible seniors and Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and assets. Some individuals, known as dual eligibles, may qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid coverage, and the Arkansas Medicaid department provides resources to help these beneficiaries coordinate their benefits. On the Arkansas Medicaid website, you can find information on eligibility criteria and the types of benefits covered through the program. This state department oversees the Arkansas Medicare Savings Program, which helps eligible beneficiaries with the costs of their health-care coverage, including premiums, copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. The Arkansas State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program is also administered through this department, which provides free, unbiased one-on-one counseling for Medicare beneficiaries.

Arkansas Legal Services Partnership: This state organization heads up two departments: the Center for Arkansas Legal Services and Legal Aid of Arkansas. Both offices provide free legal assistance to low-income Arkansas residents. On the website, you’ll find the phone number to HelpLine, a hotline you can dial to get free legal guidance, provided you meet the income eligibility criteria. The website offers free publications for download, as well as links to a number of federal offices that work directly with Medicare beneficiaries. Fact sheets, a searchable legal database, and informational videos can also be found on the website. If you have a legal issue and cannot afford to hire representation, contact the Arkansas Legal Aid program to see if you might qualify for legal services.

Medicare statistical trends in Arkansas

According to data from CMS, here are some interesting trends regarding Medicare in Arkansas:

  • In 2018, 76% of Arkansas beneficiaries were enrolled in Original Medicare, while 24% were enrolled in Medicare Advantage or another type of coverage.
  • All Arkansas residents with Medicare (100%) have access to a Medicare Advantage plan in their service area in 2018.
  • In 2018, most Arkansas beneficiaries (88%) enrolled in Medicare prescription drug coverage have access to Part D coverage with a lower premium than they paid in 2017.
  • In 2018 70% of Arkansas beneficiaries enrolled in Part D have coverage through a stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plan; 30% get their prescription drug coverage through a Medicare Advantage plan that includes prescription drug benefits.

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Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, “Medicare Enrollment Dashboard,” and “2018 MA Part D Landscape State-by-State Fact Sheet.”

Data in this article was checked when the article was written and might not be updated as newer data becomes available.

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