Percent of Depression Medicare Beneficiaries by County (2013)

Data Source: CCW (CMS)

Depression is a serious medical condition that is treatable. A person who is depressed has feelings of sadness or anxiety that lasts for weeks at a time and may experience problems with working, sleeping, eating, and enjoying life. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 20% of people age 55 years or older experience some type of mental health concern, and that one in six adults over the age of 65 are affected by depression. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Chronic Condition public-use data indicates that 15% of all Medicare Fee-For-Service beneficiaries had a diagnosis of depression in 2012. As indicated in the chart below, there are disparities associated with claims related to depression. American Indian/Alaska Native beneficiaries had a higher prevalence of depression-related claims than other racial groups while the rate for Asian/Pacific Islander beneficiaries was substantially lower.                                                                                                                          –