Medicare Advantage in Kansas

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Information about Medicare Advantage Plans in Kansas

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18 percent of Medicare beneficiaries in Kansas were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage (Medicare Part C) plan in 2019.1

There are 23 different Kansas Medicare Advantage plans in 2019.1 Not every plan is available in each county, so it's important to find out which ones are offered where you live.

A licensed insurance agent can help you compare the availability, benefits and costs of Medicare Advantage plans in your area of Kansas. Read below to learn more about Medicare in your state.

You can also learn more about other types of Medicare plans:

Average costs of Medicare Advantage in Kansas

The Average Medicare Advantage plan premium in Kansas in 2019 was $8 per month.

That average was affected by the 13 available plans that feature $0 monthly premiums.

  • Average monthly premium cost in 2019 (weighted): $8
  • Average in-network out-of-pocket spending limit: $5,649
  • Average deductible in 2019 (weighted): $28.031

Individual plan premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs may vary greatly depending on where you live and the plan you have.

You can view the 2019 average Kansas Medicare Advantage plan monthly premiums by county listed below in this guide.

A licensed insurance agent can help you compare Medicare Advantage plan costs in your area.

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Medicare Eligibility & Enrollment

If you want to enroll in Medicare Advantage in Kansas, you must first be enrolled in Medicare Part A and Part B, often referred to as Original Medicare.

To be eligible for Original Medicare at age 65, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident who has lived in the U.S. for five continuous years.

  • You or your spouse must have worked long enough to be eligible for Social Security or Railroad Retirement benefits.

  • You or your spouse must be government employees or retirees who have not paid into Social Security but have paid Medicare payroll taxes.

You may also be eligible for Medicare benefits under 65 if:

  • You have been receiving Social Security disability benefits or certain Railroad Retirement Board disability benefits for at least 24 months.

  • You have ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease).

  • You have End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), and you or your spouse have paid Social Security taxes for a certain length of time.

It’s important to note that if you have ESRD, you may not qualify for most Medicare Advantage plans. If you have ESRD, you may be able to enroll in a Kansas Medicare Special Needs Plan (SNP) that is specifically designed to help meet your health care needs.

How to sign up for a Medicare Advantage Plan in Kansas

The first time you may be able to enroll in a Kansas Medicare Part C plan is during your Medicare Initial Enrollment Period (IEP).

Medicare Initial Enrollment Period graphic

Your Medicare IEP starts three months before your 65th birthday. It includes the month of your 65th birthday and then continues for another three months after your birthday.

Additional times at which you may sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan include:

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period graphic

Medicare Advantage Open Enrollment Period: January 1 – March 31

If you're already enrolled in a Part C plan, from January 1 to March 31 every year, you may switch Medicare Advantage plans or drop your Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare.

If you return to Original Medicare during this period, you'll be able to join a Medicare standalone prescription drug plan (Medicare Part D).

Medicare AEP graphic

Medicare Annual Enrollment Period (AEP): October 15 – December 7

From October 15 to December 7 every year, you may enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan or switch from one Medicare Advantage plan to another.

You may also drop your existing Medicare Advantage plan and return to Original Medicare.

During AEP, you may also join, switch or drop a Medicare Part D plan. 

Medicare Special Enrollment Periods (SEP)

You may potentially be granted a Medicare Special Enrollment Period (SEP) at any time throughout the year for qualifying circumstances.

A licensed insurance agent can help you find out if you qualify for a Medicare Special Enrollment Period.

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Top-rated Medicare Advantage Plans in Kansas 2019

Each year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issues Star Ratings for all Medicare Advantage plans using a system of one to five stars.2

In order for a Medicare Advantage plan to be considered a top-rated plan, it must have four or more stars out of five stars.

There are 7 top-rated 2019 Medicare Advantage plans in Kansas that are rated four stars or higher.

Medicare Star Ratings
Star Ratings

★★★★★

Excellent

★★★★

Above Average

★★★

Average

★★

Below Average

Poor

Medicare Advantage plans are rated in the following five categories:

  • Preventive care and health maintenance (screenings, tests, vaccines, etc.)
  • Management of chronic conditions
  • Member experiences and ratings of the plan
  • Member complaints, problems receiving services and member retention
  • Customer service

The information for the star ratings is gathered from information that is submitted to Medicare, Medicare’s regular monitoring activities and member surveys.

List of Medicare Advantage Plans Available in Kansas in 2019

To view a list of plans offered in your area within Kansas, use our plan comparison tool.

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Private insurance companies offer Medicare Advantage plans in Kansas

Multiple insurance carriers may offer Medicare Advantage plans in Kansas, depending on where you live.

Private insurance companies offer Medicare Advantage plans that may be unique to the plan area they serve.

Call to speak with a licensed insurance agent who can help you compare the Medicare Advantage plans that are sold by insurance companies in your area.

When you’re shopping for Medicare Advantage plans in Kansas, you can compare plans from several different carriers by using some of the following information:

  • The Medicare Star Ratings can give you an idea of a plan’s overall quality.

  • Agencies like A.M. Best, Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s can provide information about an insurance company’s credit rating and financial standing.

  • Websites such as the Better Business Bureau and Consumer Reports can teach you about a company’s reputation among its customers.

  • You can read through Medicare Advantage plan reviews and testimonials from customers.

Kansas Medicare Advantage plans by county

The chart below provides some more information about 2019 Kansas Medicare Advantage plans by county.1

  • Sedgwick County and Johnson County each had the most $0 dollar premium Medicare Advantage plans available in 2019, with 4 such plans in each county.
2019 KS Medicare Advantage by County
County Total of County MA Enrollees % of Medicare Beneficiaries Enrolled in MA Average Monthly Premium Number of Plans Available Number of $0 Premium Plans Available % Enrolled in a $0 Premium Plan
Allen 232 7% $1 2 1 99%
Anderson 182 9% $3 0 0 96%
Atchison 386 12% $19 2 0 80%
Barber 39 3% $44 0 0 50%
Barton 115 2% $72 0 0 5%
Bourbon 580 17% $1 0 0 99%
Brown 83 3% $44 0 0 50%
Butler 2497 20% $3 1 1 94%
Chase 22 3% $54 0 0 29%
Chautauqua 46 4% $87 0 0 11%
Cherokee 723 15% $1 1 1 99%
Cheyenne 46 6% $54 0 0 29%
Clark 16 3% $55 0 0 40%
Clay 98 5% $71 0 0 4%
Cloud 77 3% $68 0 0 8%
Coffey 134 6% $34 0 0 61%
Comanche Data not available 0% $44 0 0 50%
Cowley 792 10% $1 0 0 99%
Crawford 912 12% $1 0 0 99%
Decatur 51 6% $46 0 0 33%
Dickinson 185 4% $31 0 0 57%
Doniphan 77 4% $37 0 0 4%
Douglas 2921 16% $6 1 0 74%
Edwards 19 2% $55 0 0 40%
Elk 42 5% $84 0 0 6%
Ellis 165 3% $67 0 0 10%
Ellsworth 44 3% $70 0 0 9%
Finney 158 3% $87 0 0 2%
Ford 124 3% $85 0 0 2%
Franklin 727 13% $3 0 0 93%
Geary 305 7% $94 0 0 2%
Gove 22 3% $86 0 0 12%
Graham 41 5% $85 0 0 9%
Grant 50 4% $44 0 0 50%
Gray 23 2% $55 0 0 40%
Greeley Data not available 0% $44 0 0 50%
Greenwood 103 5% $71 0 0 7%
Hamilton 12 3% $44 0 0 50%
Harper 46 3% $69 0 0 9%
Harvey 1614 20% $2 0 0 96%
Haskell 22 3% $44 0 0 50%
Hodgeman Data not available 0% $44 0 0 50%
Jackson 564 18% $23 0 0 75%
Jefferson 756 18% $5 1 0 73%
Jewell 37 4% $91 0 0 7%
Johnson 30364 30% $8 6 4 66%
Kearny 16 2% $55 0 0 40%
Kingman 64 3% $33 0 0 67%
Kiowa 12 2% $44 0 0 50%
Labette 605 12% $1 0 0 98%
Lane 12 3% $54 0 0 29%
Leavenworth 2739 19% $7 0 0 68%
Lincoln 14 2% $44 0 0 50%
Linn 735 28% $0 0 0 99%
Logan 32 4% $54 0 0 29%
Lyon 542 8% $18 0 0 80%
Marion 83 3% $33 0 0 67%
Marshall 187 7% $46 0 0 33%
McPherson 694 10% $88 0 0 4%
Meade 26 3% $55 0 0 40%
Miami 1696 25% $3 0 0 83%
Mitchell 55 3% $92 0 0 7%
Montgomery 904 11% $0 0 0 100%
Morris 61 4% $33 0 0 67%
Morton 16 3% $55 0 0 40%
Nemaha 79 3% $46 0 0 33%
Neosho 221 6% $70 0 0 6%
Ness 18 2% $55 0 0 40%
Norton 49 4% $92 0 0 6%
Osage 533 13% $1 1 0 99%
Osborne 25 2% $55 0 0 40%
Ottawa 40 3% $33 0 0 67%
Pawnee 28 2% $68 0 0 11%
Phillips 54 4% $80 0 0 12%
Pottawatomie 441 10% $2 0 0 97%
Pratt 42 2% $44 0 0 50%
Rawlins 31 4% $54 0 0 29%
Reno 1351 9% $31 0 0 57%
Republic 49 3% $46 0 0 33%
Rice 66 3% $70 0 0 8%
Riley 444 5% $94 0 0 1%
Rooks 49 4% $46 0 0 33%
Rush 23 2% $55 0 0 40%
Russell 38 2% $44 0 0 50%
Saline 1001 8% $81 0 0 4%
Scott 33 3% $54 0 0 29%
Sedgwick 21804 24% $2 6 4 95%
Seward 62 2% $67 0 0 13%
Shawnee 6205 15% $5 1 1 67%
Sheridan 11 2% $46 0 0 33%
Sherman 36 3% $67 0 0 13%
Smith 48 4% $92 0 0 6%
Stafford 34 3% $68 0 0 12%
Stanton Data not available 0% $44 0 0 50%
Stevens 20 2% $55 0 0 40%
Sumner 900 17% $1 0 0 98%
Thomas 70 4% $46 0 0 33%
Trego 15 2% $55 0 0 40%
Wabaunsee 183 11% $2 0 0 98%
Wallace Data not available 0% $44 0 0 50%
Washington 58 4% $81 0 0 11%
Wichita Data not available 0% $55 0 0 40%
Wilson 122 5% $66 0 0 10%
Woodson 42 5% $85 0 0 13%
Wyandotte 10609 40% $13 1 1 45%

KS Medicare Advantage enrollees by plan type

The chart below illustrates the percentage of 2019 Kansas Medicare Advantage enrollees that are enrolled in each primary type of Medicare Advantage plan.1

Plan type Percentage of Kansas enrollees (2019)
Local PPO 50.27%
Local PPO 46.75%
PFFS 2.5%
Regional PPO 0.3%
Other Plans <1%

The major types of Medicare Advantage plans include:

  • HMO
    Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) usually requires patients to use health care providers and pharmacies that are part of the plan’s network (except in the case of emergencies) while also typically requiring a referral from a primary care doctor in order to see a specialist.

  • PPO
    Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) are able to see providers outside of their plan’s network, often at a higher cost.

    Beneficiaries in this type of plan typically pay less out of pocket if they choose to receive medical services from providers within their plan’s network.

    PPO plans typically do not require patients to acquire a referral before visiting with a specialist.

  • PFFS
    A Private Fee-For-Service (PFFS) plan determines how much it will pay to health care providers and how much the patient will pay when care is received.

    With a PFFS plan, you can typically receive care from any doctor, hospital or health care provider that accepts your plan’s terms. Not all providers will accept these terms, however.

  • SNP
    A Special Needs Plan (SNP) is a type of Medicare Advantage plan limited to people with certain chronic conditions and other specific characteristics.

    Typically, you must receive care from health care providers and hospitals within your SNP network, except for in cases when you need emergency or urgent care and when someone who has End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) needs out-of-area kidney dialysis.

Not all of these types of plans may be available in your area. A licensed insurance agent can help you compare the types of 2019 Kansas Medicare Advantage plans that are available where you live.

Local health insurance resources in Kansas

  • The Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas program (SHICK) consists of a group of volunteers dedicated to providing free assistance with questions about Medicare and other senior health insurance programs.

    The goal of the program is to help beneficiaries better understand their Medicare coverage in order to make informed decisions regarding their care. The program may be reached at 800-860-5260.

  • You can also explore more information about the insurance industry in Kansas by visiting the state’s Department of Insurance website.  

  • Kansas Prescription Drug Assistance Programs
    The state of Kansas has a number of programs designed to help with the cost of prescription drugs. There are programs for both Medicare beneficiaries and non-Medicare beneficiaries alike that can cover the cost of premiums and cost-sharing or even lower the cost of the drugs themselves.

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1 MedicareAdvantage.com's internal analysis of CMS Medicare Advantage landscape source files, accessed May 2019. Data retrieved from www.cms.gov/Medicare/Prescription-Drug-Coverage/PrescriptionDrugCovGenIn.

Includes 2019 approved contracts/plans. PACE, Special Needs Plans, Part B Only Plans, and Employer sponsored plans (800 series) are excluded. Plans under sanction are not shown.

2 Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system.

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Last Updated: 6/30/2019