Health Insurance and Medicare
Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) Partner
K-State Research and Extension partners with the Department of Aging and Disability Services to bring free, confidential, unbiased assistance to Medicare beneficiaries and their families. If you need help with Medicare issues, long-term care, or other health insurance subjects contact the Salina office at 785-309-5850.
Checklist and information on applying for Medicare and finding a Senior Health Insurance Counselor for Kansas (SHICK) counselor.
This document illustrates what is covered by Medicare Parts A and B, deductibles and co-insurance.
This document contains deductible and co-pay amounts for Medicare Part A and Part B, as well as current premiums, including premium amounts for higher-income beneficiaries.
If you are still working and have active employer health coverage you may be able to delay Medicare Part B until you retire and lose this coverage. There are other instances when you may not need to pick up Part B. Prescription drug coverage can also be delayed without future penalty if you currently have creditable prescription drug coverage. If you have questions about enrolling in Medicare, please call the extension office at 785-309-5850.
- Enroll in Medicare Part A and/or B
- Application for Enrollment in Part B (CMS 40-B)
- Request for Employer Information (CMS L564)
Medicare Supplement (Medigap) Plans
Medicare supplement insurance wraps around your Medicare Part A and B coverage, picking up deductibles and copays for services covered by Medicare and performed by a Medicare provider.
Comparison table of 10 standardized Medicare supplement plans.
Questions to think about when comparing a Medicare Supplement plan.
Click on the Online Shopper's Guide link to obtain a cost estimate for Medicare supplement plans in your area.
Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage
Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to review their prescription drug plan annually using the free online Medicare Plan Finder. The Annual Enrollment Period is October 15 - December 7 each year. Help from SHICK Counselors is available to assist with this process.
Step-by-step instructions to create a MyMedicare account to perform a personalized search on the Medicare Plan Finder at medicare.gov to select a Medicare prescription drug plan. This account can also be used to access your Medicare Summary Notices, view past drug plan and supplement coverage
List of prescription drug plans for the current year.
Low Income Subsidy and Medicare Savings Program
Income and asset limits to qualify for assistance with Medicare prescription drug and other medical costs.
Insurance plans for dental and vision care. We recommend you make sure your doctor is in the plan network before enrolling in a plan.
K-State Research and Extension provides reliable, fact-based information to help consumers understand and select health insurance coverage. Extension agents are available to provide programs and courses in this area, and the following fact sheets are available for download. Additional resources are available by contacting our office.
Health Insurance Smarts
Resources to assist those with limited incomes:
Salina Family Healthcare Center receives federal grant funds to assist qualifying individuals in obtaining medical/dental care. SFHC is not a free clinic. Charges for services received are based on a client's ability to pay. This is determined by using Federal Poverty Level Guidelines.