Mapping Benefits Access Across the States
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Mapping Benefits Access Across the States

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What does enrollment in core benefits look like in your state? Use this data mapping tool to find out.

How to use this map

First, select whether you want to analyze the full Medicare population or the under- or over-65 population covered by Medicare.

To make the most of the map, you should select a benefit you want to analyze. In the lower left, click the circle of the corresponding benefit. For example, to compare Medicare Savings Programs, you would click on the yellow circle to the left of the chart.

You can select states or regions for analysis and comparison. One option is to use the dropdown menus to the left of the map. You may also click on a state on the map, hold shift and click to select multiple states, or click and drag to select a group of states. You can also filter by population size using the scale to the left of the map. Averages are based on states and benefits selected for analysis.

Zoom controls for the map will appear in the upper left once you mouse over the map. The third button from the top (the frame with a plus sign) may be particularly useful, as it allows you to click and drag an area upon which the map will zoom. You can pan the map by holding down both the right and left mouse buttons and dragging the cursor.

Mousing over a state on the map or a circle in the benefits comparison chart will provide more detailed information such as the Medicare population of state or the number of people enrolled in selected benefit(s).

Questions about the map may be directed to Conor McGovern, Senior Research Associate for Economic Security, at conor.mcgovern@ncoa.org.

Core benefits

This map includes information on the following benefits:

  • LIS: Low-Income Subsidy for Medicare Part D, also called Extra Help
  • MSP: Medicare Savings Programs
  • SNAP: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps
  • Medicaid
  • SSI: Supplemental Security Income 
  • LIHEAP: Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Data sources

Data are from December 2012. LIS and MSP enrollment data were provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Poverty and enrollment data for all other benefits are based on tabulations of the US Census Bureau’s 2013 Current Population Survey Annual Socio-Economic Survey.

150% of the Federal Poverty Line was chosen because it represents the approximate level of income at which people covered by Medicare become eligible for several core benefits programs, assuming they meet asset limits (if applicable).