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. 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 Program 1-800-860-5260 Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
SHICK offers Medicare Help in Johnson County - How do I enroll in Medicare? Do I have to enroll in Medicare if I am still working and have group coverage? What does Medicare cover, what does it cost? What happens if I don’t get enrolled in Medicare when I turn 65? Congress created State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) to help provide answers to these questions and many more that beneficiaries have as they age into the Medicare system. SHIP is a state-based program that offers local one-on-one counseling and assistance to people with Medicare to help answer questions regarding Medicare options. Through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services funded grants directed to states, SHIPs provide free counseling and assistance via telephone and face-to-face sessions, public education presentations and programs and media activities.
The program in Kansas is titled SHICK, Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas. Assistance in Johnson County is provided through the East Central Kansas Area Agency on Aging in Ottawa. 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. All counselors are background checked and receive training through the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.
Two primary services support the SHICK Mission:
• Consumer education services provide objective information and a variety of printed materials about Medicare A, B, C, & D, Medicare supplement insurance, prescription drug assistance, assistance with paying for Medicare, receiving Medicare through managed care plans and other insurance-related topics.
• One-on-one confidential counseling sessions objectively provide information on health insurance coverage, claims assistance, and referrals to appropriate agencies. Individual decision-making and problem-solving are supported at all times but final decisions regarding coverage remain the beneficiaries to make.
The coordinator for the Johnson County SHICK program is Martha Maurin at 913-286-0292. She assists beneficiaries who need to make an appointment with a counselor, provides outreach and education and recruits more counselors to be trained and to work with community agencies with resource information and program information. The SHICK program in Johnson County currently partners with the Olathe Public Library; Blue Valley Recreation and The Jewish Community Center, both in Overland Park; and the Sylvester Powell Community Center in Mission for appointments and public education locations.
To schedule an appointment with a counselor, get schedules for public education meetings, or have a Medicare presentation made to a group or agency, contact Maurin at 913-286-0292.