Medicare is a social program that provides health insurance coverage for people age 65 and older as well as younger individuals with certain disabilities and qualifying illnesses.
The senior population in West Virginia is increasing at a rapid rate. Persons age 65 and older constitute 16% of the entire state population, and nearly one-third of the state is over the age of 50. This demographic is expected to increase to over 38% of the population of West Virginia by 2030. Over 383,035 West Virginians were enrolled in Medicare in 2011, and this number is expected to increase with the population growth.