SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas) is a program offering older Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained community volunteers about Medicare and other health insurance programs. The program also provides assistance with accessing prescription drugs at reduced costs. Information is available toll free at (800) 860-5260.
See more about Medicare at : https://www.mymedicarematters.org/ (A National Council on Aging site) and http://www.medicare.gov/index.html (The official U.S. government site for Medicare.)
Also see SHICK content on the Kansas Dept for Aging and Disability Services website at http://www.kdads.ks.gov/commissions/commission-on-aging/medicare-programs/shick
And note that The National Institute of Health offers short free online videos about Medicare and senior health issues.
Kansas SHICK office, Topeka, KS
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
Medicare Enrollment Tips for Consumers
Get started early. It's important to have time to review all your options. Pay attention to your mail. Save all of your letters related to Medicare, and have them on hand as you use the Medicare Plan Finder, and discuss your options with a counselor. Check what options are available to you. This is a very important step, and can save you money.
What should you look for? We like to remind people of the 4 Cs:
- Cost. How much have you spent in premiums, deductibles, and copayments this year? How will these amounts change next year?
- Coverage. Does your plan cover all of the medications you believe you will need next year? Do you want to get your health care and drug coverage through one single plan? If so, you should review your Medicare Advantage options.
- Convenience. To what extent will your plan restrict access to certain medications you need, such as through prior authorization or quantity limits? Can you use the plan at the pharmacy of your choice? Can you get your prescriptions through the mail if you prefer to?
- Customer service. Is your plan responsive when you have a question? Does it have a high quality rating as displayed in the Medicare Plan Finder?