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According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), a total of 504,486 Kansas residents received Medicare coverage in 2017. This number includes beneficiaries enrolled in the federally administered Original Medicare program, as well as those with Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) or Part D (prescription drug benefit).

Whether you’re new to Medicare or interested in learning more about the health-care program, there are many available resources and programs for Kansas Medicare beneficiaries.

Medicare resources in Kansas

Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services: The Kansas government agency for senior citizens is the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS). The goal of KDADS is to help aging and disabled individuals live independently, safely, and with dignity. Through the services they offer, elderly individuals and those with disabilities can make better health-care choices that empower their lives. Examples of the services and programs offered by KDADS include:

  • Aging and Disability Resource Center
  • Long-term care resources
  • Caregiver respite services
  • Home and community-based support services
  • Mental health services
  • Addiction and prevention services
  • Veterans’ services

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK): The Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) is a free program that provides unbiased counseling and information to Kansas Medicare beneficiaries. Many Kansas beneficiaries have questions regarding their Medicare coverage, and SHICK program’s trained community volunteers offer one-on-one counseling and information on Medicare prescription drug coverage, Medicare Supplement insurance, long-term care options, and more.

KanCare: KanCare is Kansas’ Medicaid program for eligible individuals with limited income, including Medicare beneficiaries. Kansas residents who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid are known as “dual eligibles” and may be eligible for financial assistance with Medicare premiums, copayments, coinsurance, and deductibles. KanCare may cover certain benefits not included under the Medicare program, such as certain preventive dental services or vision care. To learn more about eligibility and how to apply for assistance, contact KanCare for more information.

Medicare statistical trends in Kansas

Original Medicare continues to be the prevalent choice for Kansas beneficiaries. Learn about recent Medicare trends in Kansas:

  • In 2017, Original Medicare continues to outnumber Medicare Advantage enrollment in Kansas, with 423,137beneficiaries enrolled in the federal program, compared with 81,349enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan.
  • In 2017, most Kansas beneficiaries with Part D prescription drug coverage get their benefits through a stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plan (81%) versus a Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug plan (19%). This trend aligns with the fact that the majority of Kansas beneficiaries are enrolled in Original Medicare.
  • In 2017, nearly a quarter (24%) of those with Part D have Extra Help (also known as the Low-Income Subsidy program), which provides financial help with prescription drug costs.
  • In 2017, a majority of Kansas residents with Part D (78%) had access to prescription drug coverage with a lower premium than what they paid in 2016.
  • All Kansas beneficiaries had access to a Medicare Advantage plan in 2017.

Would you like more information on Medicare coverage in Kansas? Just enter your zip code into the tool on this page to find Medicare plan options in your Kansas service area.

Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, “Medicare Enrollment Dashboard,” and ” 2017 Part D Landscape State-by-State Fact Sheet.”

Data in this article was checked when the article was written and might not be updated as newer data becomes available.

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