Important Changes In-Progress for KanCare Eligibility

Beloit, KS, March 27, 2023 — Are you or any of your household a KanCare or CHIP enrollee? If so, you may be receiving mail from the KanCare Clearinghouse. Kansas has resumed KanCare and CHIP eligibility reviews. This means that the KanCare Clearinghouse will be reaching out to people with KanCare or CHIP coverage through the mail to see if their eligibility has changed. Some people with KanCare or CHIP may be disenrolled from those programs. However, those individuals may be eligible to buy a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace and get help paying for it.

In Mitchell County and the greater North Central Kansas counties we have a local support team to help you through this process. Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems and the Connected Care Team provided by the Mitchell County Regional Medical Foundation are here to help you with these changes and provide local customer service and support. Our goal is to make this process and any transitions easy to understand and to reconnect community members with options to decide from.

Here’s what you can do:

  1. Make sure your address is up to date.
    Visit or call 1-800-792-4884 to make sure your address is up to date with the KanCare Clearinghouse. Also, remember to update any contact information that may have changed so they can reach you about your KanCare or CHIP coverage.
  2. Check your mail.
    The KanCare Clearinghouse will mail you a letter about your KanCare or CHIP coverage. Make sure to check all envelopes in your mail that may seem like junk mail to look for a KanCare Clearinghouse return address. This letter will inform you if you need to complete a renewal form to see if you still qualify for KanCare or CHIP. If you receive a renewal form, fill it out and call our local team for any assistance needed. Return the renewal form right away. This will help you avoid a gap in coverage.
  3. Return mail from the KanCare Clearinghouse quickly.
    It is important to return any mail from the KanCare Clearinghouse quickly and include any information requested. The KanCare Clearinghouse may need additional information to review your eligibility. Watch your mail daily and carefully read any mail that comes from the KanCare Clearinghouse, provide any information requested and send it to the Clearinghouse as quickly as you can. This will help you avoid a gap in your coverage and will allow the Clearinghouse to review your eligibility quickly.

Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems and the Connected Care Team of our region are here to assist you. Reach out and connect with our local team members. Connected Care- 785-302-9645 (local number and local support staff to help), Mitchell County Hospital Health System-785-738-2266 (press 0 for operator).

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2020 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.


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