7.28.2015

On its 50th anniversary, more than 55 million Americans covered by Medicare


New Medicare state-by-state enrollment numbers

As Medicare and Medicaid celebrate their 50th anniversary protecting the health and well-being of millions of seniors, people with disabilities and low-income individuals, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today released updated Medicare state-by-state enrollment numbers, showing that more than 55 million Americans are covered by Medicare.

In 1966, approximately 19.1 million Americans were covered by Medicare. In 2012, there were nearly 52 million beneficiaries covered by Medicare. Today’s enrollment numbers represent a three million person increase during the last three years as the Baby Boom generation has started to retire. Medicare beneficiaries depend on the program to provide critical health services such as preventive services, including flu shots and diabetes screenings, hospital stays, lab tests and critical supplies like wheelchairs and prescription drugs.

"Over the last 50 years, Medicare has become part of the fabric of our communities, protecting the well-being and financial security of millions of American families as they age or if they become disabled. In doing so, Medicare has kept up with dramatic demographic changes and led the charge toward improving health care delivery," said Andy Slavitt, CMS acting administrator. "As we preserve and advance Medicare for future generations, we are focused on helping build a better system with smarter spending that keeps people healthier."

CMS also releases state-by-state Medicaid enrollments on a monthly basis. As of May 2015, over 71.6 million individuals were enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) with 12.8 million more gaining coverage since 2013. More information is available on Medicaid.gov.

The chart below outlines enrollment as of May 2015 in Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage and Part D (prescription drug plans):

Original Medicare and
Medicare Advantage
Part D
State
Medicare Parts A and/or B
Medicare Advantage1
Total
Stand-Alone Prescription Drug Plan
Medicare Advantage with Prescription Drug Coverage
Total
Alabama
714,475
246,373
960,848
452,298
229,424
681,722
Alaska
82,292
665
82,957
32,649
465
33,114
Arizona
685,835
433,055
1,118,890
383,601
414,757
798,358
Arkansas
469,450
121,903
591,353
298,282
105,044
403,326
California
3,246,443
2,354,920
5,601,363
2,067,831
2,227,601
4,295,432
Colorado
486,962
290,466
777,428
278,220
270,140
548,360
Connecticut
465,754
161,781
627,535
317,170
151,704
468,874
Delaware
163,003
15,077
178,080
115,989
12,163
128,152
District of Columbia
76,076
11,735
87,811
38,777
11,033
49,810
Florida
2,367,608
1,601,277
3,968,885
1,401,435
1,518,812
2,920,247
Georgia
1,023,363
480,178
1,503,541
611,803
456,095
1,067,898
Hawaii
130,226
112,326
242,552
61,779
108,148
169,927
Idaho
186,352
91,711
278,063
104,739
81,022
185,761
Illinois
1,585,563
472,008
2,057,571
1,051,092
385,676
1,436,768
Indiana
867,439
274,477
1,141,916
597,766
225,331
823,097
Iowa
482,104
86,749
568,853
358,169
71,192
429,361
Kansas
416,622
67,545
484,167
277,987
58,803
336,790
Kentucky
631,252
226,064
857,316
456,903
173,808
630,711
Louisiana
547,162
239,874
787,036
339,349
230,597
569,946
Maine
234,647
69,616
304,263
149,639
63,669
213,308
Maryland
842,226
81,163
923,389
475,626
68,903
544,529
Massachusetts
948,839
261,433
1,210,272
578,654
238,763
817,417
Michigan
1,263,405
622,116
1,885,521
1,086,223
365,255
1,451,478
Minnesota
416,680
489,099
905,779
391,006
286,560
677,566
Mississippi
472,274
84,720
556,994
316,868
75,485
392,353
Missouri
804,245
324,780
1,129,025
527,833
299,985
827,818
Montana
162,736
36,852
199,588
91,322
34,763
126,085
Nebraska
271,448
39,218
310,666
185,386
31,687
217,073
Nevada
296,171
149,826
445,997
150,293
144,634
294,927
New Hampshire
244,219
20,067
264,286
148,826
14,996
163,822
New Jersey
1,252,414
233,355
1,485,769
876,915
183,598
1,060,513
New Mexico
251,323
117,883
369,206
143,187
112,227
255,414
New York
2,077,589
1,251,906
3,329,495
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