Approximately 20% of Mississippi’s population receives Medicare benefits, with over 608,000 individuals enrolled.1,2 Are you one of the residents who are eligible?
HealthMarkets can show you the basics of Medicare eligibility in Mississippi. Then discover how we can help you find a plan, at no cost to you.
Who Has Medicare Eligibility in Mississippi?
You may be eligible for Medicare in Mississippi if you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident who has lived in the U.S. for more than five years and one or more of the following applies to you:3
- You are 65 or older.
- You have been on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for two years.
- You have end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Medicare Options in Mississippi
Once you have Medicare eligibility in Mississippi, it’s time to choose a plan.
Some Medicare recipients choose to stay with “Original Medicare,” also known as Medicare Part A and Medicare Part B. Original Medicare is the hospitalization and medical coverage offered by the government. If you already receive Social Security benefits, you will be automatically enroll you in Original Medicare when you become eligible, usually on the first day of the month that you turn 65.
Medicare beneficiaries can also boost this coverage by adding a Medicare Part D prescription drug plan to cover medications and/or a Medicare Supplement plan, which can help cover out-of-pocket expenses such as deductibles and copays.
As an alternative to Original Medicare, eligible beneficiaries can apply for a Medicare Advantage plan (Part C). The plans combine the benefits of Medicare Parts A &B into one plan and are provided by private insurance companies. These plans often include prescription drug, dental, vision, and/or hearing coverage.
Help with Medicare Eligibility in Mississippi
Not sure which Medicare option is right for you? HealthMarkets can help you compare health plans, at no cost to you. After you determine your Medicare eligibility in Mississippi, HealthMarkets’ can help you review your options and find the insurance plan that’s right for your needs and budget.Do you need assistance with your prescription drug coverage? The Extra Help Calculator can help you see if you qualify. You could discover that you could be like the 51% of Medicare-eligible Mississippians who applied for Extra Help with their prescription drug costs and were deemed eligible in 2020.4
1.Census.gov. Retrieved from https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/MS Accessed on April 22, 2021. | 2. KFF. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/medicare/state-indicator/total-medicare-beneficiaries/ | 3. CMS. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Eligibility-and-Enrollment/OrigMedicarePartABEligEnrol | 4. SSA. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.ssa.gov/open/data/fy16-onwards-MPD-Plan-Cost-Yrly.csv