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Marion County

Senior Health Insurance Counseling For Kansas

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) partner is a free program offering older Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained, community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare and other insurance issues. SHICK provides you with many resources that will help you with your struggle through the Medicare maze.  Call our office at 620-382-2325 and we can help you find the information needed today.

We are always looking for new volunteers to help with the SHICK program.  If you are interested in making a difference in your community, please give us a call today at 620-382-2325 to check into training opportunities.

Medicare Part D - Open Enrollment

Senior citizens of Marion County can get a comparison for their prescription drugs coverage plan and see if they can save in 2017 from October 15 - December 7. Call the office and get an appointment to have one of our volunteers review your options. SHICK counselings are free. However, please keep in mind that the volunteers dedicate their time to help you so make sure you can attend the appointment. If you are new to our office or have had many changes on your prescription drugs, please fill this form and mail/bring it to our office for a speedy process or bring it with you to your appointment. 

If you are new to our office or have had many changes on your prescription drugs, please fill this form and mail/bring it to our office for a speedy process or bring it with you to your appointment. 

 

Medicare Information and Resources

Medicare Original Overview 
This document illustrates what is covered by Medicare Parts A and B, deductibles and co-insurance.

Your Coverage Choices
Use this document to decide what type of Medicare coverage you need. 

When to Enroll in Part B
If you are still working and have active employer health coverage you can delay Medicare Part B until you retire and lose this coverage. There are other instances when you may not need to pick up Part B. Prescription drug coverage can also be delayed without future penalty if you currently have creditable prescription drug coverage.

2017 Medicare Amounts
Updated amounts for 2017

Standardized Medicare Supplement Plans
Comparison table of 10 standardized Medicare supplement plans.

How to Use Medicare Path Finder
Step-by-step instructions on using the Medicare Plan Finder at medicare.gov to select a Medicare prescription drug plan.

Part D Plans 
List of prescription drug plans for current year.

Preventing Medicare Fraud and Abuse

Part of the goal of the Affordable Health Care Act (ACA) is to stop fraud and abuse of the Medicare System. The website www.stopmedicarefraud.gov was designed as a resource for Medicare beneficiaries, caregivers, and families to learn about Medicare fraud and abuse and how to report it.

Below are some tips on how to identify Medicare fraud and abuse. 

Be suspicious of doctors, health care providers or suppliers that do anything on this list.

  • Equipment or service is offered for free and you are then asked for your Medicare number for "record keeping purposes"
  • 'Medicare' wants you to have the item or service in exchange for your Medicare number
  • Tell you to use Medicare to pay for the item or service and all that is needed is your Medicare number
  • You are told the more tests provided, the cheaper the tests become in the future
  • Don't charge co-payments without checking on your ability to pay
  • Advertise "free" consultations to people with Medicare
  • Call or visit you and say they represent Medicare or the Federal Government
  • Use telephone or door-to-door selling techniques
  • Use pressure or scare tactics to sell you expensive medical services you do not have
  • Bill Medicare for services you never received or a diagnosis you do not have
  • Offer non-medical transportation or housekeeping as Medicare-approved services
  • Bill home health services for patients who are not confined to their home, or for patients who still drive a car
  • Bill Medicare for equipment for people in nursing homes
  • Bill Medicare for tests you received as a hospital in-patient or within 72 hours of admission or discharge
  • Bill Medicare for a power wheelchair or scooter when you don't meet Medicare's qualifications

If you think you have been a victim of Medicare Fraud or Abuse then you should contact the Kansas SMP Program at 1-800-432-3535.

Contact Information

Tristen Cope
Extension Agent
Family and Consumer Sciences
tcope@ksu.edu