KDHE Reminds Working Healthy and WORK Members of the Importance of On-Time Premium Payments

TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) encourages Kansans enrolled in Working Healthy and Work Opportunities Reward Kansans (WORK) to make timely payments on monthly premiums. Working Healthy/WORK enrollees have not been penalized for delinquent accounts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Penalties for nonpayment will resume effective April 2023. Paying premiums and avoiding delinquency is important to maintain continuous coverage as the Kansas Medicaid program resumes normal business operations following the COVID-19 pandemic.

KDHE will disregard premium balances incurred between January 1, 2020, through April 1, 2023. If a Working Healthy/WORK account becomes delinquent, there is a chance that the member will lose eligibility for certain kinds of KanCare coverage.

“Working Healthy and WORK members receive support that allows them to work and keep their health care coverage and services,” said KDHE Secretary Janet Stanek. “As the Kansas Medicaid program resumes normal business operations following the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, waiving outstanding Working Healthy and WORK premiums allows members to maintain these supports.”

Members can pay their Working Healthy/WORK premium through one of the three options below:

Working eaHealthy is a work incentive program that helps Kansans with disabilities keep their KanCare coverage while on the job. The WORK program allows Working Healthy members to receive personal assistance services while living and working in their communities. There are 1,200 people currently participating in the two programs.

Members can update their contact information with KanCare by visiting the KanCare website, clicking the red chat bubble, or calling the KanCare Clearinghouse at 1-800-792-4884.

Derek Nester
Derek Nesterhttp://www.sunflowerstateradio.com
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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