Is There South Carolina Medicare?

The short answer is yes! You can get a variety of types of Medicare in the Palmetto State. And this here is ya’ll’s guide to that.

Sorry, I had to get all Southern on ya there. I’m not from SC but I’ve lived her for 14 years, and it kinda grows on you!

Who Qualifies for South Carolina Medicare?

Medicare is actually a federal program. Medicare is the U.S. health insurance program for people who are 65 or older. Some who are younger than age 65 can also qualify for Medicare, like people with disabilities or with permanent kidney failure. 

Read our guide to who’s eligible for Medicare.

And here’s more about when you can apply for Medicare.

Keep in mind that when you get original Medicare parts A and B, it doesn’t cover everything

It’s not free. 

And you have to get more than just A and B if you want prescription coverage. Get more info on that here

And don’t miss the main Medicare website, Medicare.gov.

What About Medicaid in South Carolina?

If you have lower income, you may also be eligible for Medicaid. Check out this resource for more on that. 

Also, read about the differences between Medicare and Medicaid.

Keep in mind that while Medicare is more of a federal program, helped out by private insurance companies, Medicaid is state-administered, so how it works in SC may be different than how it works in GA, NC, NJ, etc. In SC, Medicaid is called “Healthy Connections.”

And here are the income limits for Medicaid in South Carolina. That’s also a really handy way to find out what all the Medicaid programs are!

If you want to apply for Medicaid, go here.

If you do qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid, you are considered “Dual Eligible.” There are special Medicare Advantage plans for dual eligible people which often have zero premium, low or no costs, and additional benefits like gym memberships, money for over the counter prescriptions, and even things like wigs if you need cancer treatment! 

You can check on the Medicare Advantage plans in your area of SC here.

Even if you don’t qualify for Medicaid, you may qualify for Extra Help which lowers prescription costs. Find out and apply!

How to Apply for Medicare in South Carolina

Again, it’s a Federal program, so you’re going to go to Medicare.gov… This is THE WEBPAGE for getting Medicare. Read it and take action!

And check out our basics on Medicare:

If you have any questions, or need help getting started, reach out to PandaCare!

Brian Carter

Brian Carter

Brian Carter has been in the health field since 1999, and was a medical terminology teacher at the Master's degree level. He's also a marketer, stand up comedian, and an abstract painter. Brian has a lot going on, but his passion is Medicare and helping seniors with their Medicare and other health insurance. Brian learned from his grandma that how you live your senior years matter, because you may live a lot more of them than you expect... she lived to be 105 years old, and despite being a farmer and school teacher, she lived frugally enough to be able to give to others. She also received a Governor's award for volunteer service at her local Kokomo, Indiana hospital. His mom was a special education teacher, so he had plenty of good role models for living a life of service to others. Brian grew up in Ohio, lived in San Diego, but loves Charleston, SC the best. It's his favorite city in the world. He has a deep love of the land, the rivers, and the people who call this area home. When asked how he feels about seniors, Brian says, "I love old people... I married one! Don't tell my wife I said that."