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Answers and information about Medicare, prescription drug coverage and health insurance involves searching through hundreds of pages at government and private websites. To help seniors and caregivers get started in their search, our editors have compiled this Kentucky Medicare directory of help and information resources.
 
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Web Page:
Services for Seniors

source:Kentucky.gov - Health & Public Safety
languages: English
"Find activities and assistance for seniors..."
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Brochure or publication:
Medicare Supplement Guide - 2007

source:Kentucky Office of Insurance
68 pp; languages: English
"The Kentucky Office of Insurance offers this consumer guide providing detailed comparison of rates that insurance companies charge for Medicare supplement, also referred to as Medigap, coverage in Kentucky..."
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Web Page:
The Kentucky State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

source: Kentucky: Cabinet for Health and Family Services - CHFS
languages: English
"The Kentucky State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) provides information, counseling and assistance to seniors and disabled individuals, their family members and caregivers. This service is provided at no charge by local, well-trained counselors..."

 
more from Kentucky: Cabinet for Health and Family Services - CHFS:
Web Page:
Medicare-Approved Drug Discount Card
languages: English
"Medicare offers a prescription drug discount card as the first step toward a drug benefit that began Jan. 1, 2006. The discount card provides price reductions on some pharmaceutical medications to Medicare beneficiaries... "

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Mission of Kentucky Seniors Saving Medicare (KSSM)

source:Morehead State University
languages: English  
from the web page: "In September 2001, KSSM became a part of the MSU Retired and Senior Volunteer Program through a grant from Administration on Aging, with the purpose of educating Medicare beneficiaries, their caregivers, and the general public about how to avoid fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicare Insurance program..."
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Kentucky: Medicare Hospital Payments

source:Kaiser Family Foundation / statehealthfacts.org
languages: English
Range of Medicare Payments (Low-25th Percentile/High-75th Percentile) for Top Five Elective Inpatient Hospital Procedures, FY2005
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Web Page:
A Medicare Primer

source:WAVE 3 TV Louisville, Kentucky
languages: English  
our comments: "If you're celebrating your 65th birthday within the next year or so, get ready for a big gift from the government: Medicare coverage..."
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Web page:
Retired Members: Medical Benefits: Age 65 Older

source:Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System
languages: English  
our comments: Member guidebooks and other help for retired teachers with and without Medicare
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Web Page:
Medicare Patients' Rights Overview

source:Health Care Excel (Health Care Excel (HCE) serves as the contractor for the Medicare QIO for Indiana and Kentucky)
  languages: English  
our comments: "Medicare Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) were created by Congress in 1984 to protect the rights of persons with Medicare and to protect the Medicare Trust Fund by assuring that Medicare was paying for medically necessary care in the appropriate health-care setting. These services are free to persons with Medicare..." (Kentucky)
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Medicare Web Page:
The Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit (Part D)

source:Medicare Rights Center
languages: English  
from the web page:...(Part D) covers most outpatient prescription drugs (the kind you get at the pharmacy or through mail-order). Unlike Medicare health benefits, though, Part D is only offered through private plans..."
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Brochure or publication:
Your Medicare Rights and Protections

source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
44pp   languages: English
Fairly detailed explanations and descriptions about your Medicare rights and protections.
Brochure or publication:
A Consumer's Guide to Getting and Keeping Health Insurance in Kentucky

source:healthinsuranceinfo.net
file size: 39pg.   languages: English
from GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY HEALTH POLICY INSTITUTE. As a resident of Kentucky, you have rights under federal and state law that will protect you when you seek to buy, keep, or switch your health insurance, even if you have a serious health condition. This guide describes your protections as a resident of Kentucky.
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Brochure or publication:
Your Medicare Rights and Protections

source: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
44pp   languages: English
Fairly detailed explanations and descriptions about your Medicare rights and protections.
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Kentucky Seniors Prescription Coverage & help

Web Page:
Are you struggling with the cost of prescription drugs?

source:Kentucky: Office of the Attorney General
languages: English
"...If you are on Medicare, have no prescription drug coverage and have an annual income of less than $28,000 ($38,000 for couples) you may qualify for a new program called Together Rx. ..."
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Web Page:
Information on Medicare Rx Discount Cards

source:Kentucky: Office of the Attorney General
languages: English
"Determine legitimate companies and spot bogus ones "
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Brochure or publication:
Kentucky Medicare Drug Plan Ratings

source:AARP
file size:5 pg.  languages: English
"...This AARP rating tool contains information about “stand-alone” Medicare plans in your state that cover only prescription drugs...."

 
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Web Page:
Kentucky: Medicare Rx Fact Sheet
languages: English
"...Kentucky already runs two programs that help people with limited incomes pay for drugs, a third program that helps pay for other Medicare-related costs like premiums, and will start a new program on January 1, 2006... "

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Web page:
Retiree - Medicare-Eligible Prescription Drug Benefit

source:University of Kentucky
languages: English  
our comments: "Prescription Drug Benefit Coverage Levels - Drugs in our formulary are organized into different drug tiers or groups of drug types. Your coinsurance depends upon the tier in which your drug is placed. Please look at the 2007 Medicare Formulary to determine the "tier" placement of your medication."
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Brochure or publication:
State Pharmacy Listing - Aetna Medicare RxSM Plans - Indiana / Kentucky State

Aetna Medicare

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Brochure or publication:
Lanscape: 2007 Kentucky Stand-Alone Prescription Drug Plans

source:CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
file size:3 pg.   languages: English  date:2007
Kentucky 2007 Medicare Part D Stand-Alone Prescription Drug Plans. Data as of September 12, 2006. Includes all contracts/plans regardless of 2007 approval status. Employer sponsored plans (800 series) are excluded."

Brochure or publication:
Landscape: Kentucky Medicare Advantage, Cost Plans, and Demonstrations

source:CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES
file size:35 pg.   languages: English
"Kentucky 2007 Medicare Advantage, Cost, and Demonstration Plans. Data as of September 29, 2006. Includes all contracts/plans regardless of 2007 approval status. PACE, Special Needs Plans, and Employer sponsored plans (800 series) are excluded."

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