Medicare

Governor Sam Brownback was in Wichita on Thursday making his points about a new Labor Department rule which will affect those who care for elderly and disabled people in their homes.

The governor met with elderly and disabled people at the Independent Living Resource Center. He presented his action plan to fight the new rule which is set to take effect by the first of the year.

The US Dept. of Labor will then require states who pay out Medicaid dollars for home care to pay the workers overtime if they work over 40 hours in a week.

A new report from the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services says Kansans on Medicare will save more than $10 million dollars this year on prescription drugs, with a lesser-known provision in the Affordable Care Act.

You probably know about the mandate to buy health insurance, the glitches in the federal exchange, and the Supreme Court challenges to the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

But did you know that the health care law also helps Medicare beneficiaries who pay high out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs?

A new poll is out showing that most Kansas voters favor expanding eligibility for Medicaid. And as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, the poll also indicates that the expansion issue could make a difference in the governor’s race.

To see the results of the poll, click here.   

The annual enrollment period for Medicare's prescription drug coverage and privatized Medicare Advantage plans is now open. It's the one time of year when people can make changes to their coverage without being penalized.

This year, many senior citizens have been confused. The enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act started just two weeks ago. Many people are under the mistaken impression that they need to sign up for coverage on the exchange, even though they have Medicare.

The owners of a Topeka nursing home have filed a federal lawsuit in attempt to stay in business. State and federal officials have decided to cancel the nursing home's eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid payments, and revoke its operating license.

KS Medicare Users: Your Statements Are Changing This Month

Jun 11, 2013

Kansas residents who receive Medicare benefits will soon see new information on their claim statements. These changes include:

Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Expands To Wichita

Apr 12, 2013

A competitive bidding program aimed at helping Medicare avoid overpaying for products like scooters, diabetic testing supplies, and oxygen tanks is being expanded to 91 communities nationwide, including Wichita.

The program began a little more than two years ago as a demonstration project in nine communities, including Kansas City.

Medicare Open Enrollment Period Ends Friday

Dec 6, 2012

This Friday is the deadline for people with Medicare to make changes to change their health and drug coverage.

If you have original Medicare, your benefits are administered by the federal government. If you have Medicare Advantage, your plan is run by a private insurance company. Now is the time when you can switch to Medicare Advantage, if you wish.

On the other hand, if you want to drop your Medicare Advantage plan and switch to original Medicare, that opportunity runs from January 1 through February 14.

New state arts agency presents strategic plan; Pompeo to talk to reporters about 'Fiscal Cliff'; Medicare open enrollment ends Friday; Hawker Beechcraft close to exiting bankruptcy.

New State Arts Agency Presents Strategic Plan, Hopes To Restore Federal Funds

Leaders in the Wichita arts community yesterday met with the director of the newly formed Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, to talk about the organization's strategic plan.

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