Medicare covers close to a half a million seniors age 65 and over (as well as individuals with certain disabilities) in Kansas. If you want to learn more or enroll in the Medicare program, Wichita offers several resources.
Medicare consists of four parts with each part covering a different aspect of your health care. The parts are referred to as Parts A, B, C, and D.
Part A – This hospital insurance coverage takes care of any medically necessary hospitalizations that you may experience, as well as home health care, skilled nursing care, and hospice. Part A is free if you worked for 40 quarters (10 years) while paying into the Social Security tax, otherwise Medicare Part A charges a monthly premium.
Part B – This medical insurance coverage takes care of your physician appointments, preventative care, outpatient services, ambulance services, and mental health care. Lab tests and x-rays are also covered through Part B. There is a monthly premium required.
Part C – Part C allows private insurance companies to provide their services to you through the Medicare Advantage Plans. These include HMOs and PPOs.
Part D – This prescription drug coverage, enables you to use a third party insurance to manage your medications for a small copay to be paid at the pharmacy counter. The insurance will charge a monthly premium.
As of 2014, there were 464,261 Medicare beneficiaries in Kansas.
There were 75,518 Medicare beneficiaries in Sedgwick County in 2014.
The total Medicare costs for Sedgwick County in 2014 was $512 million.
The average age of a Medicare beneficiary in the county is 71.
36 percent of Medicare spending in Sedgwick County goes to inpatient care.
10 percent of Medicare spending in the county goes to skilled nursing care.
5 percent of Medicare spending in the county goes to home health care.
There are only 10 Medicare regional hub offices in the country, with the closest located in Kansas City. However, you can visit a Social Security Administration (SSA) office for help enrolling, to report a lost card, or make changes to your Medicare Parts A and B.
Wichita Social Security Office 3216 N. Cypress Street Wichita, KS 67226 Local phone number 1-866-931-9173 Toll-free phone number 1-800-772-1213 Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9AM to 4PM and Wednesdays, 9AM to 12PM
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) is located at the New England Building 503 on South Kansas Avenue in Topeka. The agency offers free counseling and information about Medicare plans, including Part D plans. To contact KDADS, you can call toll-free (in Kansas only) 1-800-432-3535.
You can call the 1-800-MEDICARE toll-free number or create an account on the MyMedicare.gov website to enroll, make changes, or file claims.
There are 3 health care professionals that specialize in geriatric care and 33 Medicare-approved family practice physicians and health care professionals in Wichita. The Medicare.gov Physician Compare tool allows you to search within your area for physicians that accept Medicare. You can expand the search criteria to find a doctor in other areas of Sedgwick County and throughout Kansas.
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