Medicare plays a key role in providing health and financial security to beneficiaries residing in Rhode Island. With more than 223,300 Rhode Island beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare, we’ll cover some very important information below about Medicare in Rhode Island. We want to help you better understand your options and make the decision-process as seamless as possible once you’re ready to enroll in Medicare or discover different coverage options.

Rhode Island Medicare Enrollments

116,695

Original Medicare Plans (Part A and B)

106,691

Medicare Advantage & Other Health Plans

73,267

Stand-alone Medicare Part D (Drug Plans)

223,386

Total Medicare Beneficiaries in Rhode Island

Who Qualifies for Medicare in Rhode Island?

Medicare covers most Rhode Island residents who are age 65 or older, and it also covers disabled Rhode Island residents. In general, Medicare enrollment in Rhode Island works the same way as it does in the rest of the country. If you qualify, Original Medicare Part A and Part B will help cover your health costs.

Once you have Medicare eligibility, you can begin choosing a new health plan through a Medicare Advantage Plan, Medigap plan, and/or a Medicare Part D drug plan.

Who Qualifies for Medicare

Local Medicare Health Plan Resources in Rhode Island

  • Rhode Island’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) serves the state’s seniors through various agencies to help seniors maintain dignity and independence with Medicare counseling, food assistance, adult day services, and protective supports. EOHHS also provides assistance with long-term care issues. The EOHHS oversees the Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP).
    Contact: Call 401-462-5274

  • Rhode Island’s Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) is part of a national partnership to help consumers make informed healthcare choices. Tri-County SHIP counselors provide one-to-one, unbiased counseling to seniors, adults with disabilities, families, and caregivers. The program is designed to help seniors and adults with disabilities understand healthcare costs and coverage options. Tri-County SHIP counselors discuss Medicare Part A and B, Medicare Part D, supplemental insurance, Medicare Advantage plans, and other health insurance options with their clients.
    Contact: Call 401-462-0510

  • The Office of Healthy Aging, formerly known as the Division of Elderly Affairs, collaborates with organizations all over the state to connect seniors with resources and information, including healthcare information, and advocate for the rights and comforts of the elderly.
    Contact: Call 401-462-3000, TTY at 401-462-0740, or via email

  • Warwick Senior Services in Warwick provides SHIP counseling for the community’s older residents by appointment only. The staff screens interested seniors to determine eligibility for Medicare Advantage and other programs using monthly income. The center also offers a legal clinic, tax help, and assistance with subsidized housing and heating expenses.
    Contact: Call 401-468-4070 or 401-468-4090

  • Senior Services, Inc. has provided services to seniors and adults with disabilities residing in Northern Rhode Island since 1975. In accordance with the Congregate Meal Program financed through a grant with R.I. Office of Healthy Aging, Senior Services, Inc. provides nutritionally balanced lunches five days a week at our meal sites throughout northern R.I. Senior Services, Inc. offers activities, entertainment, computer classes, and Wellness programs, including our weekly blood pressure clinic and exercise classes. As a partner in the state’s Point network, this organization has a Community Information Specialist who shares free information on eligibility for programs, including Medicare Advantage, throughout the state.
    Contact: Call 401-766-3734

  • The West Warwick Senior and Community Center offers the town’s older residents SHIP options, counseling, and pharmaceutical assistance in addition to meals, financial education, and social activities.
    Contact: Call 401-822-4450 to set an appointment with a SHIP counselor

The licensed agents that are partnered with Timefor65 can help you compare the availability, benefits, and costs of Medicare plans in your specific region of Rhode Island. Our process makes it easier for you to access your Medicare eligibility in Rhode Island so that you receive personalized, affordable, and easy-to-use coverage options and solutions. Feel free to fill out the form or give us a call at (866) 327-0148 anytime to get your free quote and ask any questions that may be lingering.