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Health Insurance and Medicare

Health Insurance

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.

Fact Sheets:
Health Insurance SmartsAffordable Care Act (ACA) Facts
Ways to Get InsuranceWhat is the Marketplace?
Understanding Enrollment PeriodsHow Does ACA Impact Me?
Health Insurance 101What Did Health Reform Do For Health Insurance
Health Insurance 102Small Businesses and Rural Communities
Finding a Network ProviderProtect Yourself from Scams and Frauds
 Health Insurance Options for Kansas Immigrants


Resources to assist those with limited incomes:
Salina Family Healthcare Center

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. SFHC also has trained Navigators to assist with enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Call 785-285-7251 to schedule your appointment with a Navigator.

Kansas Drug Card

Free Prescription Assistance Program (PAP) for residents of Kansas and their families. This is not prescription drug insurance, but a discount program to assist those without insurance with their drug costs. [Note: this is not creditable coverage for those on 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.

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.

New to Medicare Checklist and Medicare Resources

Checklist and information on applying for Medicare and finding a Senior Health Insurance Counselor for Kansas (SHICK) counselor.

Medicare Overview

This document illustrates what is covered by Medicare Parts A and B, deductibles and co-insurance.

Medicare Premiums, Deductibles and Co-Pays

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.

When to Enroll in Part B

If you are still working and have active employer health coverage you can 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.

Standardized Medicare Supplement Plans

Comparison table of 10 standardized Medicare supplement plans.

Kansas Insurance Department Medicare Supplement Shopper's Guide

Click on the Online Shopper's Guide link to obtain a cost estimate for Medicare supplement plans in your area.

Medicare Plan Finder General Tips

Step-by-step instructions on using the Medicare Plan Finder at medicare.gov to select a Medicare prescription drug plan.

2019 Part D Plans

List of prescription drug plans for 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.