In 2011, 47,672,971 Americans were listed as Medicare beneficiaries. Of those receiving Medicare benefits, 183,433 were Rhode Island residents. That means that 17.2 percent of Rhode Island'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 Rhode Island was 1,197 million dollars - or 0.4% of total U.S. Medicare spending. That spending was marked a 8.2% increase from 1995 (to 2004). The average spending per Rhode Island beneficiary was $6,925.
In 2011, 63,553 of Rhode Island Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan. Figures from 2010 show that 62,597 Rhode Island Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in stand-alone prescription drug plans, while 62,597 were enrolled in Medicare Advantage Drug Plans.
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Your Medicare Rights
A brief, bullet-point guide to what people covered by Medicare have a right to do and ask for from their providers, what health services they have guaranteed access to, etc. The list is written by Healthcentric Advisors, a Rhode-Island based non-profit providing consulting, education, resources and quality improvement services in the healthcare industry. Read the [...]
Prescription Information – Rhode Island
This 2010 fact sheet (the most recent available) details who within the Medicare D plan is available for the Rhode Island Pharmaceutical Assistance to the Elderly (RIPAE) program, which subsidizes the cost of prescription drugs based upon income.
Programs and Services – Rhode Island
This site, on Rhode Island’s Division of Elderly Affairs web site, lists all the programs and services available to seniors, families, and caregivers.
List of Senior Health Insurance Program Sites
This list, on Rhode Island’s Division of Elderly Affairs web site, provides the names and contact information for Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) sites in Rhode Island.
Guide to Buying Medicare Supplement and Advantage Plans (PDF)
This guide, from Rhode Island’s Department of Human Services, helps consumers decide what health coverage fits them best, and provides an overview of Medicare plans, benefits, out-of-pocket costs, etc.
Rhode Island Medicare – Kaiser State Health Facts
Information about Rhode Island’s Medicare beneficiaries, including enrollment, demographics (age, gender, race/ethnicity), income, other sources of health coverage, managed care participation, and use of services, etc.
See how members of the Rhode Island Congressional delegation voted on Medicare.
Rhode Island could lose if important protections are undone.