Friday, April 03, 2020

KANSAS GOVERNOR LAURA KELLY'S EXECUTVE ORDER 20-16  Statewide "stay home" order unless performing an essential activity (read the order for details)

MARION COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE:  1st Confirmed Positive Case in Marion County

Information regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) from the Marion County Health Department.


PUBLIC ATTENDANCE OF COUNTY COMMISSION MEETINGS BY TELECOMMUNICATION ONLY.  Pursuant to KS Governor Order 20-16, in-person attendance at the County Commission meetings will not be allowed at this time.  We encourage attendance by telecommunication which also allows public interaction.
To join the County Commission meetings from your computer, tablet or smartphone, go to or by phone dial 1-866-899-4679.  The access code is 639-484-901#.

Please contact individual County offices directly for any questions or assistance.

Marion County Department on Aging

309 S Third (offices located in Marion Senior Center)

Marion, KS  66861

Hours: 8 a.m. -4:30 pm

Phone: 620-382-3580



Gayla Ratzlaff, Coordinator      

Lanell Hett, Secretary/Transportation Coordinator


To provide information, support and advocacy

to our residents 60 years of age and older,

their family and caregivers. To promote older

adults independence and improve their quality of


Program Services:

  • Medicare Counseling- The staff and SHICK counselors provide FREE assistance to anyone getting ready to retire or already enrolled in Medicare.   Staff provide consultation for those preparing to enroll in Medicare, Medicare supplemental plans and Prescription Drug Plan. Staff provide assistance in enrolling individuals in Prescription drug plans during open enrollment each year (October 15- December 7).
  • Transportation-We presently are not providing transportation in county or out of county due to COVID-19. The department operate a transportation program for  any individual 60 + and living in the county, who needs transportation (in state) to any kind of appointment. You are required to give a 24-hour notice and there is a suggested contribution for the trip. Our vans are available to senior citizen's groups for trips to recreational events, tours of sights in Kansas, shopping, and eating out. Trips need to be scheduled during office operating hours.
  • Social Services-The department provides information and referrals to services and agencies, who work with 60 + individuals. Staff provide assistance in helping fill out paperwork for programs 60+ individuals are eligible for in the county and state. They assist with energy assistance (LIEAP Jan 1st-March 31), USDA grants and loans, housing vouchers and DPOA.
  • Wellness Program-The department staff provides various wellness programs periodically through out the year. Programs offered include: Kansas Optimizing  Health program which is for individuals with chronic health condition and Tai Chi for Arthritis. Two classes for individuals with Diabetes: Lead Your Health Living with Diabetes and Tai Chi for Diabetes. Two fall prevention classes are Matter of Balance and Stepping on. The Department also offers a Caregiver Support and Education group. Call 620-382-3580 to inquiry about class information.

  • Tax Assistance- We have presently discontinued filing Federal/state and homestead returns due to COVID-19. The Federal and State returns are now due July 15. Once the shelter in place has been lifted we will be glad to file your return. January 1st through April 15 staff help individuals to file their Homestead return.  Marion Senior Center has volunteers available to file State and Federal returns with a donation to local Marion Senior Center.

  • Commodities-The Department is in charge of allocating USDA Commodities to the following communities in the county: Burns, Florence, Goessel, Hillsboro, Lost Springs, Lincolnville, Marion, Peabody, Pilsen, Ramona, and Tampa. The commodities are distributed 4-5 times a year. Commodity arrival dates are placed in the local newspapers. This program is a First Come/First Serve Program.

        " In accordance with the Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture  policy, this organization is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA Director, Office of Civil Rights, Rm 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence avenue, S.W. , Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call or (202) 720-5964 (voice & TDD) USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.