Are you eligible for Medicare because you are turning 65 years old or reaching the 25th month of long-term disability? Figuring out when to enroll in Medicare and which parts to enroll in can be daunting. There’s Part A, Part B, Part D, medigap plans, Medicare Advantage plans and so on. And what the heck is a doughnut hole, anyway? A virtual New to Medicare workshop will be held January 27th to help you get the answers to all of these and more, but where else can you find reliable information about Medicare?
The ‘Medicare and You’ handbook is the official U.S. government Medicare handbook. The handbook is a summary of Medicare benefits, coverage options, rights and protections, and answers to the most frequently asked questions. You can order a paper or Braille handbook by calling 1-800-633-4227. Other electronic versions of the handbook include PDF, e-book, and audio, all are available at medicare.gov under resources.
Another reliable resource is the Kansas Insurance Department. On the website, insurance.kansas.gov/medicare/, you will find a Medicare Supplement Shopper’s Guide in PDF format and an online Medicare supplement comparison tool. This is a great way to price compare a variety of Medigap plans, companies, and estimated prices to narrow down decisions.
Social Security handles enrollment for Original Medicare (Parts A and B). There is a variety of publications online to help guide you through Medicare Benefits at ssa.gov/benefits/medicare/.
Each state has a health insurance assistance program to provide free help to Medicare beneficiaries who have question. The Kansas program is administered through the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability and is called SHICK, Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas. Certified volunteers provide free one-to-one counseling and educational programs to help Medicare beneficaries gain the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about health insurance. SHICK does not sell insurance or endorse any insurance company, product, or agent. To find a counselor near you, call 1-800-860-5260.
New to Medicare workshop through Zoom will be held Wednesday, January 27th at 6 p.m. The program is free, registration required: http://bit.ly/SouthwindMedicare. The program will walk you through the basics of Medicare to provide a foundation of information to help you navigate the decision making process. The workshop is taught by Joy Miller, Certified SHICK Counselor. For more information, call 620-223-3720 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.