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KDADS and SHIP Partner to Host Virtual Medicare Fair to Help Older Kansans with Enrollment; ‘Welcome to Medicare Fair’ will inform about Medicare – and all its parts - to assist older adults in enrollment

For Immediate Release

June 1, 2021

For more information, contact:
Cara Sloan-Ramos
785-296-0807

TOPEKA Are you an older Kansan turning 65 soon? Learn about signing up for Medicare from the comfort of your home or office. We are here to help you navigate the complexities of Medicare and avoid late enrollment penalties. Perhaps you are becoming eligible for Medicare because of a disability? This event is for you, too.

During the pandemic, the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs) are providing local, trusted and unbiased Medicare help in safe and socially distanced ways. That is why Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) is partnering with the SHIP National Technical Assistance Center on June 23, 2021. Join us from your computer or mobile device anytime between 2 and 6 p.m. Central Standard Time at the ‘Welcome to Medicare Virtual Fair’. Visit www.shiphelp.org for more details, to see the agenda and to register.

This event is government funded, and there is no cost to attend. You can attend part or all this event. There will be general sessions with expert presenters on Medicare eligibility, enrollment, costs, and coverage options. In the general sessions, we will offer subtitles in English and a live transcript in Spanish. You can visit state-specific virtual exhibits at any time during this event. Chat with us about how our program can help you with your individual Medicare enrollment questions.

KDADS is part of the national SHIP network, funded by the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Office of Healthcare Information and Counseling. In Kansas, SHIP is known as Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK). In other states, SHIP services may be provided under other names, such as CHOICES, HICAP, SHINE, or an Area Agency on Aging. Regardless of the name, SHIPs share a national mission: to empower, educate, and assist Medicare-eligible individuals, their families and caregivers through objective outreach, counseling and training to make informed health insurance decisions that optimize access to care and benefits.

SHIP experts will explain who is eligible for Medicare and when, how to sign up for Medicare, and what to do if you are still working when you are eligible for Medicare. They will also discuss Medicare costs, especially the importance of avoiding late enrollment penalties. You will learn how to navigate your Medicare coverage options and how Medicare works with other insurances, such as employer insurance, Medigap supplemental insurance, and retiree insurance.

At any time, you can visit our SHICK exhibit where we can help you think about what to consider when making your individual Medicare enrollment decisions or when helping a friend or loved one make their Medicare enrollment decisions. You can also watch short, pre-recorded videos on aspects of Medicare, download educational materials and chat live with a trained SHICK counselor.

The event will conclude with national presenters discussing the federal government’s role in Medicare, avoiding Medicare fraud, and the available Medicare assistance programs to help with Medicare costs.

Visit www.shiphelp.org to register and to see more event details.

You do not have to wait for this event to get Medicare help from our program. To find out more about SHIPs, go to https://www.kdads.ks.gov/commissions/commission-on-aging/medicare-programs/shick.

About SHICK

The national SHIP mission is to empower, educate, and assist Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers through objective outreach, counseling, and training to make informed health insurance decisions that optimize access to care and benefits. Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) is a free program offering Kansans an opportunity to talk with trained, community volunteers and get answers to questions about Medicare and other insurance issues. SHICK provides you with many resources that will help you with your questions about Medicare. Our counselors receive training on Medicare, Medicare Supplement Insurance, Long-Term Care and other health insurance subjects that concern older Kansans. SHICK counselors do not work for any insurance company. The goal is to educate and assist the public to make informed decisions on what's best for them.

About SHIP National Technical Assistance Center

The SHIP National Technical Assistance Center (SHIP TA Center) is a central source of information for and about the national program. The Center provides training, technical assistance, and additional resources in support of SHIPs across the nation. Individuals may visit the SHIP TA Center website to find their local SHIP and to learn more about SHIP volunteer opportunities, counseling or outreach provided in their community. Learn more at www.shiphelp.org.

This project is supported, in part, by grant number 90SATC0002 from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official Administration for Community Living policy.