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Medicare in Kansas
By the numbers
In Kansas, as in the rest of the country, Medicare is a federally administered program that provides health coverage for eligible seniors and certain disabled individuals. You may also qualify at any age if you have end-stage renal disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease). To be eligible, you must be an American citizen or legal permanent resident of at least five continuous years.
Here are some additional facts about Medicare in Kansas as of 2015*:
Kansas beneficiaries enrolled in stand-alone Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plans: 277,987
Kansas beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage Prescription Drug Plans: 58,803
Total number of Kansas beneficiaries with Medicare prescription drug coverage: 336,790
Total number of Kansas beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare: 484,167
Private insurance companies must have contracts with Medicare to offer Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans. 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 its contract with Medicare, so the availability of a plan in a specific service area is subject to change.
If you're a Kansas beneficiary, you can search for Medicare plan options for your specific zip code and county in the state. Keep in mind that costs, benefits, and plan availability will all vary by location and may change from year to year.
Medicare resources in Kansas
Kansas Medicare Savings Programs: In Kansas, beneficiaries with limited income can get help with certain out-of-pocket costs through Medicare Savings Programs. These programs help with costs like premiums, copayments, and deductibles. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, contact your state Medicaid department.
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.
*Statistical data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, "On its 50th anniversary, more than 55 million Americans covered by Medicare" as of July 28, 2015.