Medicare is federally funded health insurance for residents of Idaho who are age 65 or older or younger than 65 with qualifying illnesses and disabilities. The different parts of Medicare include hospital insurance, medical insurance, and optional prescription drug plans available to eligible Idaho Medicare beneficiaries.
There were a total of 232,471 Medicare beneficiaries in Idaho in the 2011. This number is expected to increase with the growing senior population. The population of seniors in Idaho is expected to rapidly increase over the next decade. Idaho saw growth of the senior population of at least 6% between the years 2000 and 2003, making it one of the fastest-growing states for the age group. With the number of Idaho residents age 65 and over accounting for 12.4% of the population in 2010, a significant number of individuals in Idaho are eligible for the Medicare program due to age.