Arizona Medicare Beneficiaries Resources | Arizona Open Enrollment Period
Medicare beneficiaries living in Arizona during 2015 were 1,134,774; 11% of the total population. This is the same percentage of those enrolled in Medicare nationwide.
West Virginia and Maine, the highest percentage states of beneficiaries; each are about 23 percent. Then the lowest percentage states are Alaska 11%, and Utah (12%). The raw numbers show that Alaska with 86,863 recipients is the lowest, then California has the most; it contains about one eight of the country’s population with 5.6 million then 14% of its population. Not counting the US Territories that contain mostly low enrollment totals for Medicare; Northern Mariana Islands Medicare only had 2,075 enrollees for 2015.
Of the individuals who qualify by their age alone, is about 86 percent of the recipients for Arizona Medicare.
The balance, which is 14% are those who are on Medicare because of a disability. The highest percent of recipients receiving Medicare is in Kentucky with disabled recipients for 25%. This is followed by the state of Alabama, Mississippi, West Virginia then Arkansas. The smallest percent is 10% for Hawaii, which is followed by the state of New Jersey, then North & South Dakota which is 13%.
In Arizona, spending for Medicare in 2014 per enrollee was $8,063. This is based on a CMS standardized spending report. The spending differences in cost stem from only geographic differences coming from higher overhead expenses from higher cost of living areas, labor costs. This reporting only considers Original Medicare spending, as opposed to Medicare Advantage.
In 2009, Arizona’s total Medicare spending was $8.45 billion. For all states as well as the District of Columbia; total Medicare spending was $471 billion in 2009.
Considering the largest and smallest numbers of Medicare recipients, California came in at $50.6 billion for overall Medicare spending while at the same time Alaska only came in at $553 million.
Medicare Advantage offers private health benefit plans for Medicare beneficiaries instead of going through the Original Medicare or traditional Medicare which is the “federal government’s fee for service program.” These are plans for consumers who need options and desire additional benefits that exceed and go beyond what if offered by Original Medicare. These are not necessarily considered to be a wise option for some consumers that are concerned about government spending more on each enrollee who has a private plan than it would on Original Medicare. There are some “no premium” Advantage plans aside from the cost of Part B. But these plans use provider networks that can be more limited as opposed to Original Medicare with the total out of pocket cost sometimes being considerably higher for enrollees from what they would have with Original Medicare plus a Part D and Medigap plan.
In stand-alone prescription drug plans, Arizona has 381,214. With 26 plans in the state with premiums that range from $18 – $110 each month; which almost 34 percent the Arizona state total that in enrolled in stand-alone prescription drug plans for 2015.