Medicare in Kansas
By the numbers
More than half of Kansas's 448,215 Medicare beneficiaries were enrolled in a stand-alone Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) in 2012, which is higher than the national average of 38%.
Following are the numbers of Medicare beneficiaries in Kansas enrolled in a Prescription Drug Plan (PDP) in 2012, by type:
- Stand-alone PDP: 224,475
- Medicare Advantage PDP: 40,270
- Employer prescription drug plan: 28,409
- Other prescription drug coverage: 71,301
Medicare Advantage Organizations and Prescription Drug Plan Sponsors must have a contract with Medicare in order to sell Medicare insurance plans (such as a Medicare HMO or a Medicare Part D Plan. Depending on the terms of the contract between the plan and Medicare, not every plan is available statewide or in all service areas. Each year, the plan must renew their contract with Medicare, so the availability of a plan in a specific service area is subject to change as a result of the annual contract renewal.
Medicare resources in Kansas
Kansas Medicare Savings Programs: In Kansas, beneficiaries can apply for Medicare Savings Programs (MSPs) through the Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. They have offices in most counties and can provide more information about who qualifies.
Kansas State Health Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program (SHIP): Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) is a free program that gives Kansas beneficiaries an opportunity to talk with trained volunteers and get answers to their Medicare questions. SHICK's goal is to educate Medicare beneficiaries so they can make informed decisions regarding their Medicare coverage.
How healthy is the state of Kansas?
Kansas is the thirty-third most populous state in the U.S. and is ranked as the 26th healthiest state in the nation. Kansas's strength as a healthy state is helped by its moderate use of early prenatal care. Two challenges facing Kansas are its high prevalence of obesity as well as its low per capita public health funding.
All data provided by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.