SHICK/Medicare Insurance Counseling
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.
Trained counselors work with beneficiaries to assist them with their Medicare questions, enrollment and plan comparisons without bias toward any one plan or insurance company. The program also provides assistance with accessing prescription drugs at reduced costs.
SHICK in Johnson County is provided by the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging. To schedule an appointment with a counselor or find out about public education meetings, contact Amy at 1-785-521-3315 or call 1-800-633-5621.
What is Medicare?
Medicare is federal healthcare insurance for:
- People 65 and over
- People of any age with kidney failure/disease
- People who are permanently disabled and cannot work
Most people 65 and older enroll in Medicare insurance to help with preventive health care, in-home care, hospital stays, rehabilitation stays in nursing facilities, medical equipment and prescription drugs.
Medicare requires monthly premiums/payments deducted from social security and co-pays for various healthcare services.
You can buy additional insurance, such as supplemental plans to cover more services and healthcare costs.
- The official U.S. government site for Medicare is Medicare.gov
- A Medicare overview and listings are in Johnson County's Explore Your Options directory.
- Medicare/SHICK information on the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services website - kdads.ks.gov; or call KDADS about the statewide program at 1-800-860-5260
- National Council on Aging site is MyMedicareMatters.org
Explore Your Options Directory
The EYO Directory is a guide to resources and services in Johnson County with bookmarks, hyperlinks and special features for adults 60 and older.