Topeka - The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimates nearly 18,000 Medicare beneficiaries in Kansas could get extra savings, but aren't enrolled.
The cost savings would come through the “Extra Help” program. Medicare Savings Programs are under-utilized as well.
The Kansas Department on Aging is funding a partnership between Kansas Area Agencies on Aging Association, or K4A, and the Medicare Rights Center to launch an initiative aimed at connecting seniors and people with disabilities with those programs. The groups say “Extra Help” and Medicare Savings Programs provide substantial health care savings on premiums, deductibles, co-payments, and prescription drug costs for those who qualify.
K4A says people interested in the program, or their caregivers, should call the Area Agency on Aging nearest them by dialing 1-866-457-2364. It's a new, toll-free number that will automatically connect the caller with a representative at the Area Agency on Aging that serves their calling area. The agency will provide assistance with the qualification and application process.
Income and resource qualifications depend on a variety of factors, and any Medicare beneficiary on a fixed income is strongly encouraged to apply.
K4A represents eleven Area Agencies on Aging who coordinate services and provide assessment, information, case management, caregiver services and numerous other services for seniors in all 105 counties of Kansas.