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.
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 Washington senior citizens.
The GOP's proposal to repeal President Obama's Affordable Care Act could wipe out critical consumer protections and cost savings for Washington seniors, as well as their children and grandchildren. Read how repeal would hurt 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.
See how members of the Washington Congressional delegation voted on Medicare.
Washington could lose if important protections are undone.