The geographical center of the contiguous United States, Kansas is home to more than 2.9 million people, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Throughout its 105 counties (the nation’s sixth-highest number), nearly 485,000 residents qualify for Medicare. There are 67,545 Medicare Advantage enrollees, while an additional 58,803 people have plans including Part D prescription drug coverage.
Kansas will have 88 Medicare Advantage plans available in 2022 according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), but not every Kansan will have this many options to choose from. Plan availability depends on zip code.
But nationwide, the CMS is expecting more Advantage plans for next year, and more plans will likely have broader benefits thanks to recent federal regulations for private plans.
Medicare Advantage continues to grow in popularity, now accounting for over 40% of all Medicare enrollment across the country. In Kansas, enrollment in the private portion of Medicare accounted for about 19% of the total Medicare population as of 2020, per an analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Plan availability may vary by zip code, but every Medicare member in Kansas will have access to at least one Advantage plan next year.
Average premiums are also going down, dropping from just over $10 a month last year to $7.79 a month in 2022. Even better, every Medicare enrollee in the Sunflower State will have access to at least one Advantage plan with a $0 premium.
As a reminder, Medicare Advantage plans cover everything that Original does, plus additional benefits that vary by plan. Some carriers charge a premium for these extras while others don’t. The tradeoff for paying a premium is access to benefits like prescription drugs, dental and vision, and more.
CMS, state data fact sheet released September 29, 2021
Kaiser Family Foundation, “A Dozen Facts About Medicare Advantage in 2020″
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