The senior population in Hawaii has increased three-fold since the state was founded, from 5 percent in 1960 to 15 percent in 2009. By the year 2030, the population of persons 65 and older will account for about 20 percent of the total population, meaning that one out of every five individuals will be age 65 or older. As the number of individuals in this demographic increases, so will the pool of Medicare eligible individuals.
The Medicare program is a national health insurance program available to eligible U.S. citizens and permanent residents, including those of Hawaii. Hawaii residents age 65 and older or some younger residents, who have received disability benefits or qualify due to medical illness, are eligible to enroll in Original Medicare, Part A and Part B.