State Program Provides Medicare Education and Counseling

Written by on April 5, 2023

COLUMBUS – The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), the state’s official Medicare educational and counseling program, is holding free in-person and virtual “Welcome to Medicare” events across Ohio from April through June for Ohioans new to Medicare, Ohio Department of Insurance director Judith L. French announced. OSHIIP is a department program.  

“Medicare is complicated and there are different health insurance approaches along with health care and budgetary considerations for Ohioans new to Medicare to evaluate,” French said. 

“OSHIIP’s Medicare representatives narrow the scope while still thoroughly educating Ohioans about Medicare so they can make informed health insurance decisions best suited for their needs.”

During the events, OSHIIP representatives provide an overview of Medicare, Part A and B benefits, Part D prescription drug coverage, Medicare supplemental insurance plans, Medicare Advantage plans, eligibility, enrollment, financial assistance, and important deadlines. One-on-one follow-up counseling sessions can be scheduled.

Last year, OSHIIP through its different engagement services counseled and educated nearly 600,000 people and saved Ohioans on Medicare $46 million by helping them identify suitable coverage options and financial assistance. 

To access the in-person and virtual Welcome to Medicare events schedules, visit OSHIIP representatives are also available at 800-686-1578 and to answer Medicare questions.

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