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Who Has Medicare Eligibility in Kansas?
You may be eligible for Medicare in Kansas if you’re a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident who has lived in the U.S. for more than five years and one or more of the following applies to you:1
- You are 65 or older.
- You have been on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for two years.
- You have end-stage renal disease (ESRD) or Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Your Medicare Eligibility in Kansas and Plan Choices
After reviewing your Kansas Medicare eligibility, it’s time to understand your options. Medicare is split into the four following parts:
- Part A – Medicare Part A is hospitalization insurance. It usually covers inpatient care in a hospital, skilled nursing facility care, home health care, and hospice care.2
- Part B – Medicare Part B is medical insurance. It typically covers services for outpatient care, doctor visits, preventive care, and some medical supplies.3
Parts A and B together are called Original Medicare. Generally, you’ll automatically be enrolled the first day of the month you turn 65 if you are already receiving Social Security benefits.4 You have options to extend your coverage with a Medicare Supplement plan and drug coverage plans sold by private insurance companies.
- Part C – Medicare Part C is also known as Medicare Advantage. Private health insurance companies can combine your benefits for Medicare Part A and B into one plan, which may even include drug, vision, hearing, and/or dental coverage. You would purchase a Medicare Advantage Plan to replace Original Medicare, and there are many different plans to choose from.5
- Part D – Medicare Part D plans are offered by private insurance companies to cover prescription drugs.
HealthMarkets can assist with finding the right plan for you based on your individual healthcare needs.
Applying for Medicare Plans in Kansas
If not automatically enrolled, you can apply for Original Medicare in Kansas by contacting the Social Security Administration either by phone or online.
More than 542,00 eligible Kansans were enrolled in a Medicare plan in 2020.6 With so many options, Medicare can seem confusing. HealthMarkets’ innovative FitScore® can help you review your options and find insurance that fits your needs, at no cost to you.
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1. CMS. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Eligibility-and-Enrollment/OrigMedicarePartABEligEnrol | 2. Medicare.gov. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/what-medicare-covers/what-part-a-covers Accessed on March 5, 2021. | 3. Medicare.gov. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/how-do-i-get-parts-a-b/should-i-get-parts-a-b# Accessed on March 5, 2021. | 4. Medicare.gov. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/sign-up-change-plans/how-do-i-get-parts-a-b Accessed on March 5, 2021. | 5. Medicare.gov. Retrieved from https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/12026-Understanding-Medicare-Advantage-Plans.pdf Accessed on March 5, 2021. | 6. KFF. 2020. Retrieved from https://www.kff.org/medicare/state-indicator/total-medicare-beneficiaries/
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