Free service that helps people navigate Medicare plans could vanish
A free service that helps older residents navigate the complexities of Medicare – and that helped save Sedgwick County residents more than $1.7 million last year – could disappear.
The program is called Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas, or SHICK. When Kansans turn 65 they can choose among dozens of plans for prescription drug coverage and supplemental health care insurance. And many of the plans and the benefits change each year.
The counseling program offers people one-on-one help in finding Medicare plans that cover their medications and health needs. It also helps people challenge denied claims.
Medicare is the government-run health insurance program for people 65 and older. Some people with disabilities also qualify for the program. The supplemental programs are sold by private insurance companies to help pay costs not covered by Medicare.