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Extension office provides assistance during open enrollment

Fall Medicare open enrollment is here and Johnson County K-State Research and Extension is offering personalized assistance to Johnson County residents through plan comparisons. This service is available throughout the enrollment period which runs through Dec. 7.

Residents can contact the Johnson County Extension office at 913-715-7000 or email Denise Dias, Family and Consumer Sciences agent at denise.dias@jocogov to receive a Medicare Prescription Drug Worksheet. Completed worksheets should be returned to Dias. Residents will then receive a comparison of the top three plans with an explanation and instructions.

There will be two Medicare open enrollment events in Johnson County. The first is Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kansas State University Olathe campus, 22201 W. Innovation Drive, in Olathe. Medicare officials from Washington D.C. will be at this event to observe the enrollment process, due to the success of Kansas’ Medicare program.

The second event is hosted by Johnson County Extension, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sunset Drive Office Building, 11811 S. Sunset Drive, in Olathe. Appointments for both events are recommended and may be scheduled by calling the Extension Office at 913-715-7000.

It is recommended that most people enroll in Medicare when they turn 65, even if they have health insurance from an employer. There are only certain times of the year when people can enroll. People should sign up three months before their 65th birthday, whether they want to begin receiving benefits or not. If you are new to Medicare or require additional assistance you can call the Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas (SHICK) Hotline at 1-800-860-5260.