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Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County
7001 W. 21st Street N.
Wichita, KS  67205
Map & Location

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Friday

316-660-0100
sg@listserv.ksu.edu

Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) 

What is SHICK?

SHICK offers one-on-one, non-biased counseling and assistance to individuals and families either getting ready to sign up for Medicare, or those who already have Medicare.  Volunteer counselors receive training on Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Long-Term Care Insurance, and other health insurance issues that concern Kansans. SHICK counselors are not affiliated with the insurance industry. If you are new to Medicare or have questions about Medicare or Medicare related issues, SHICK counselors are available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for one-on-one appointments.

Medicare Options Classes

Medicare Options Classes are held several times during the year (between the months of January through June). Options classes provide basic information on Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage Plans, Medigap or Supplemental Insurance Plans and Medicare Prescription Drug coverage.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Medicare Open Enrollment is from October 15-December 7. During this time period you can: 

  • Change from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • Change from a Medicare Advantage Plan back to Original Medicare.
  • Switch from one Medicare Advantage Plan to another Medicare Advantage Plan.
  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn't offer drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage.
  • Switch from a Medicare Advantage Plan that offers drug coverage to a Medicare Advantage Plan that doesn't offer drug coverage.
  • Join a Medicare Prescription Drug Plan.
  • Switch from one Medicare drug plan to another Medicare drug plan.
  • Drop your Medicare prescription drug coverage completely.

Do You Need Help Paying for Your Medications? 

You may qualify for Extra Help 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 costs.
  • You will automatically recieve help paying for:
    • Premiums
    • Deductibles
    • Co-pays on your medications
    • No coverage gap

To apply for Extra Help visit: Social Security Administration

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BELOW ARE YOUR 2024 MEDICARE OVERVIEWS & IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS/WEBSITES! (Click on English or Spanish)                                            ⇓       ⇓       ⇓       ⇓      ⇓      ⇓

(English) 2024 Overview Medicare A & B

(Spanish) 2024 Overview Medicare A & B

 

Contact Information

Have Questions? Contact:

Sedgwick County
Aging and Medicare
7001 W. 21st St. North
Wichita KS 67205-1759
Fax: (316) 660-0166

Melissa Schrag                Extension Agent                    Adult Development and Aging (316) 660-0117 meliss89@ksu.edu

Amy Hiebert                          SHICK Program Assistant        (316) 660-0126          achiebert@ksu.edu

Jennifer Exline                        FCS Office Professional             (316) 660-0143                       exline@ksu.edu