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If you’re a Kentucky resident looking for more information on Medicare, you’ve come to the right place.

In 2017, more than 888,106 Kentuckians were enrolled in Medicare, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). As a Medicare beneficiary, you’re fortunate to have a variety of state resources available to you; here is an overview of some you may find useful.

Medicare resources in Kentucky

Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living: The Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living (DAIL) is a state program that administers and oversees programs throughout the state to assist the elderly and persons with disabilities. As part of its mission, DAIL partners with all Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to provide leadership, education, and guidance for local community and regional aging and disability programs. A few of the services offered by DAIL include:

  • Adult day care programs
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman services
  • Caregiver support services
  • Elder abuse awareness and prevention
  • Aging Network services, a directory on Kentucky’s Area Agencies on Aging
  • Division of Guardianship program, which assists with legal guardianship services

Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency: The Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency (KIPDA) serves the aging and disabled population of Northern Kentucky through its Social Services Division. KIPDA promotes independent living and access to health services on behalf of seniors and disabled persons. KIPDA seeks to improve the health of elderly and disabled Kentucky residents through coordinated community-based services, including but not limited to, adult day care, assisted living, and directories of local, qualified health-care providers. KIPDA also advocates on behalf of the elderly and their rights.

Kentucky State Health Insurance Assistance Program: The Kentucky State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) is the state agency charged with providing oversight on state insurance programs. Kentucky Medicare beneficiaries can receive free counseling and assistance with Medicare-related issues. The Kentucky SHIP’s goal is to better educate the elderly, disabled, and caregivers to assist them in making informed decisions about their health care. The Kentucky SHIP uses educational programs and individual counseling sessions to educate Medicare beneficiaries about their coverage options.

Medicare statistical trends in Kentucky

For an overview on Medicare in Kentucky, here are some current trends in the state:

  • The Medicare Advantage (Part C) program continues to have a strong presence in the state, with 100% of Kentucky beneficiaries having access to a Medicare Advantage plan in 2017.
  • Medicare prescription drug coverage seems to becoming more affordable. In 2017, 84% of residents with Part D had access to Medicare Part D coverage with a lower premium than they paid the previous year.
  • Over a third (36%) of Kentucky residents with Part D receive Extra Help with their prescription drug costs.

If you’re interested in learning more about Medicare coverage in Kentucky, you have a few options. To browse right away, simply enter your zip code into the tool on this page to find plan options in your service area. For one-on-one assistance, call the number on this page to reach a licensed insurance agent.

Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, “Medicare Enrollment Dashboard,” and ” 2017 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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