In 2011, 47,672,971 Americans were listed as Medicare beneficiaries. Of those receiving Medicare benefits, 3,044,936 were Texas residents. That means that 11.9 percent of Texas's population was enrolled in the health care safety net. Of those beneficiaries,
According to the most recent data (2004 figures), Medicare spending estimates Medicare spending in Texas was 20,314 million dollars - or 6.7% of total U.S. Medicare spending. That spending was marked a 6.0% increase from 1995 (to 2004). The average spending per Texas beneficiary was $8,292.
In 2011, 600,193 of Texas Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Figures from 2010 show that 1,154,183 Texas Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in stand-alone prescription drug plans, while 1,154,183 were enrolled in Medicare Advantage Drug Plans.
Learn how health care reform is already improving Medicare. A federal summary of the changes reveals a long list of reforms intended to contain Medicare costs while increasing revenue, improving and streamlining delivery systems, and even increasing services to the program. So read how health reform is changing Medicare to work better for Texas senior citizens.
The GOP's proposal to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act could wipe out critical consumer protections and cost savings for Texas seniors, as well as their children and grandchildren. Read how repeal would hurt Texas..
Help for Texans
Contacts to help Texas residents locate Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) in their area.
Medicare Advantage Resource Page (Texas Department of Insurance)
The Texas Department of Insurance guide to Medicare Advantage in Texas, including information about beneficiary rights and consumer tips.
Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services
Links to Texas benefits counselors can explain Medicare prescription drug coverage and assist you with other insurance issues.
Insurance Resource for Medicare Beneficiaries
A guide to Medicare resources in Texas, compiled by the Texas Department of Insurance. Includes information about prescription drug coverage, Medicare fraud, Medicare Advantage, and other counseling information.
See how members of the Texas Congressional delegation voted on Medicare.
Texas could lose if important protections are undone.