Senior Health Insurance Counseling For Kansas (SHICK)
Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) is a free program offering Medicare-eligible Harvey County residents the opportunity to talk with trained community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare and other insurance issues. SHICK volunteers work with clients to compare prescription programs and identify the plan that will meet their needs while save hundreds of dollars annually.
Seeking Driven Volunteers for Open Enrollment 2022!
It has been estimated that approximately 10,000 people per day will turn 65 between now and 2050. The population aged 65 and older in Harvey County totals 9,679 or about 28% of our county's population. This number will continue to grow as county residents age. The SHICK program is expanding and recruiting volunteers for the 2021 Open Enrollment Period. In 2018, SHICK volunteers helped over 700 Harvey County Seniors save a total of $330,153! If you are interested in making a difference in your community, contact the office today!
Do You Need Help Paying For Your Medications?
You may qualify for extra help from Medicare....
Extra Help is available if:
- You have income less than 150% of the Federal Poverty level
- Limited resources-such as, bank accounts, stocks, bonds, IRA's
If you qualify for extra help:
- Medicare will pay 75% or more of your prescription drug cost
- You will automatically receive help paying
- Co-Pays on your medications
- No coverage gap
Do I qualify?
$2,058/ per month
Total no more than
Total no more than
Medicare Savings Program
If you qualify the Medicare Saving Program can help you pay for your Medicare premiums, and possibly your Medicare coinsurance, copayments and deductibles. Contact our office for more information.
Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB):
Can help you pay for, Part A premiums, Part B premiums, deductibles, coinsurance, and copayments.
Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (LMB or SLMB):
Can help you pay for your Part B premium only.
To qualify you must meet the following qualifications in 2017.
under $1,366 per month
under $1,852 per month
For more information about these programs contact our office.
What Can I Do About Medicare Fraud?
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.