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, 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.
Medicare Information Resources
- Start with the Official U.S. government site for Medicare at http://www.medicare.gov/index.html
- A Medicare overview and resources are in Johnson County's Explore Your Options directory.
- Medicare/SHICK information is on the Kansas Dept for Aging and Disability Services website at http://www.kdads.ks.gov/commissions/commission-on-aging/medicare-programs/shick or call KDADS re the statewide program at 1-800-860-5260
- A National Council on Aging site offers information at https://www.mymedicarematters.org/