In the state of Mississippi, residents age 65 or older or those with qualifying disabilities and illnesses may be eligible for the Medicare program. The Medicare program consists of many different parts, including Original Medicare, Part A and Part B. Medicare Part A and Part B provides eligible Mississppi beneficiaries with coverage for certain hospital and medical services.
As the population of baby boomers and people age 65 and older increases in Mississippi, the need for affordable health insurance also increases. This population is projected to experience a significant increase by 2025: it will grow by 64% over the next decade. Seniors currently make up 12.8% of the total population. In 2011, there were a total of 501,142 Medicare beneficiaries in the state of Mississippi.