About Medicare in Washington

Open enrollment begins again October 15

In 2011, 47,672,971 Americans were listed as Medicare beneficiaries. Of those receiving Medicare benefits, 983,167 were Washington residents. That means that 14.3 percent of Washington'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 Washington was 4,929 million dollars - or 1.6% of total U.S. Medicare spending. That spending was marked a 6.9% increase from 1995 (to 2004). The average spending per Washington beneficiary was $6,200.

In 2011, 247,229 of Washington Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Figures from 2010 show that 335,699 Washington Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in stand-alone prescription drug plans, while 335,699 were enrolled in Medicare Advantage Drug Plans.

How do WA elected officials vote on Medicare issues?

H.Con.Res.112: Ryan Budget Bill 2012

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Date of Vote: 3/29/2012 Status: House passed 228-191, 12 not voting

HOUSE|SENATE

This bill would end Medicare as we know it, replacing it with a voucher system for seniors to buy health insurance coverage on the open market. Actuaries say the amount of the vouchers would not be enough for seniors to replace the coverage they would lose with the end of Medicare. [more]

Not Voting (1) : Norman Dicks


How 'Obamacare' is already making Medicare stronger

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How repeal would hurt Washington seniors

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Where to get help with Medicare in Washington

Identifying and reporting Medicare fraud in Washington State
Examples of insurance fraud; tips to protect yourself from Medicare Part D and Advantage fraud; contacts and instructions for reporting fraud.

Medicare Enrollment information – Washington State
Gives guidelines to help chose best plan, helpful phone numbers, access to Medicare & You Handbook, and referral to Medicare Extra Help program, Medicare counselors, and other resources.

Medicare Advantage plans in Washington state by county for 2011
Medicare Advantage plans in Washington state, searchable by county for 2011

Medicare Advantage plans in Washington state by county for 2012
Medicare Advantage plans in Washington state, searchable by county for 2012.

Open Enrollment Events – Washington
Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA) calendar of events where general information is provided on Medicare, open enrollment, and Medicare insurance counseling is offered

Statewide Health Insurance Benefits Advisors (SHIBA)
Directory of SHIBA advisors throughout Washington State who provide information about Medicare health care coverage and access. Access to Insurance Consumer Hotline to assist with questions or complaints, locate health insurance polices, and refer the uninsured and underinsured to other options.

Medicare & your elected officials

how the Washington congressional delegation voted on insurance reform medicarevotes.org

See how members of the Washington Congressional delegation voted on Medicare.

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