Medicare plays a key role in providing health and financial security to beneficiaries residing in Washington. With more than 1.3 million Washington beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare, we’ll cover some very important information below about Medicare in Washington. 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.

Washington Medicare Enrollments

882,369

Original Medicare Plans (Part A and B)

506,037

Medicare Advantage & Other Health Plans

479,431

Stand-alone Medicare Part D (Drug Plans)

1,388,406

Total Medicare Beneficiaries in Washington

Who Qualifies for Medicare in Washington?

Medicare covers most Washington residents who are age 65 or older, and it also covers disabled Washington residents. In general, Medicare enrollment in Washington 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 Washington

  • Washington’s SHIBA program provides free, unbiased, and confidential help with Medicare and health care choices to people of all ages and backgrounds. The volunteer advisors, located around the state, can help you: Assess health care coverage needs; determine general eligibility for health care coverage programs; evaluate and compare health insurance plans and programs; provide enrollment help with Medicare; speak with 1-800 Medicare on your behalf; make referrals to other agencies and programs, and collect and report possible fraud complaints.
    Contact: Call 1-800-562-6900 or email the organization. You can also consult this list of local SHIBA offices.

  • The Washington State Health Advocacy Association (WASHAA) is a nonprofit organization made up of healthcare professionals, patients, community members, and many others, who are dedicated to promoting health advocacy in Washington State, empowering patients and improving healthcare outcomes.
    Contact: Locate your local health advocate or call the organization at 1-206-377-3000.

  • The Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner serves as an advocate for Medicare beneficiaries and educates the public about access to insurance and medical care. Through this resource, seniors can learn how health insurance works, get information regarding their coverage options and out-of-pocket costs, and receive free, unbiased Medicare counseling in their area.
    Contact: Call 1-360-725-7080 or 1-800-562-6900 on weekdays during normal business hours. You can also send a message through the office’s website.

  • AdvoConnection Directory provides access to independent health and patient advocates, care managers, elder care advocates, medical billing advocates, legal and other forms of independent guidance to help you or your loved ones manage those many health care challenges.
    Contact: To locate an advocate near you, visit the AdvoConnection website, and provide your zip code and the services you need. Once the results are provided, you can review their options and contact advocates directly for more information.

  • The Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A) is a membership organization made up of the leadership from the thirteen Area Agencies on Aging in the State of Washington. W4A’s mission is to advocate at the local, state, and federal level for services and supports that enhance the lives of seniors and adults living with disabilities. The association works to further the effectiveness of each local AAA by working with community partners in order to strengthen advocacy efforts, share information, and enhance the work of staff and caregivers in supporting clients to live independently in their homes.
    Contact: Call 1-360-485-9761 or email [email protected].

  • The National Aging and Disability Resource Center Program (ADRC), is a collaborative effort of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), and is designed to streamline access to home and community supports and services for consumers of all ages, incomes, and disabilities, and their families. ADRC’s local centers increase awareness of the options that are available to seniors, including insurance programs like Medicare Advantage.
    Contact: Services through ADRCs are provided at the county level. To find the service providers for your county, consult the state’s DSHS resources page.

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 Washington. Our process makes it easier for you to access your Medicare eligibility in Washington 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.