COLUMBUS – The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), the state’s official source for free and unbiased Medicare information and counseling, will hold “Welcome to Medicare” events in 15 counties from April 11 to July 25 to help new and soon-to-be beneficiaries understand the basics of Medicare, Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced.
“Our staff is visiting every region of the state to personally help Ohioans new to Medicare understand how their new health insurance will work,” Taylor said of OSHIIP, a program of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “Transitioning into Medicare can sometimes be a complicated change and we want to help put Ohioans at ease by addressing any questions or concerns they may have.”
At the “Welcome to Medicare” events, people can also learn the benefits Medicare provides and important deadlines they have to meet. Information will also be shared about Medicare Advantage plans, prescription drug coverage and supplemental health insurance coverage.
People should bring their prescription drug information, including name, dosage, frequency and preferred pharmacy to the event. There will also be information about financial assistance programs which help pay for Medicare’s Part B premium ($99.90 per month in 2012) and out-of-pocket expenses associated with prescription drug costs.
Here is a complete list of “Welcome to Medicare” events, which start at 6 p.m. unless otherwise noted:
April 11 – Canton/Stark County
Mercy Medical Center Mercy Hall Auditorium; 1320 Mercy Dr. NW
April 30 – Akron/Summit County (starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Akron-Summit County Public Library; 60 S. High St.
May 2 – Sandusky/Erie County
Erie County Services Center Building 3rd Floor; 2900 Columbus Ave.
May 10 – St. Marys/Auglaize County
Auglaize County Council on Aging; 610 Indiana Ave.
May 14 – Columbus/Franklin County
Ohio State University Fawcett Center; 2400 Olentangy River Rd.
May 17 – Centerville/Montgomery County
Center for Jewish Culture and Education; 525 Versailles Dr.
May 21 – Ashland /Ashland County
Samaritan on Main; 663 East Main St.
May 31 – Chillicothe/Ross County
Adena Medical PACCAR Center; 446 Hospital Rd.
June 13 – Blue Ash /Hamilton County
Sycamore Senior Center; 4455 Carver Woods Dr.
June 19 – Sylvania/Lucas County
Sylvania Senior Center; 7140 Sylvania Ave.
June 21 – Strongsville/Cuyahoga County
Ehrnfelt Senior Center; 18100 Royalton Rd.
July 2 – Marietta/Washington County
O’Neill Senior Center; 333 4th St.
July 10 – Youngstown/Mahoning County
Youngstown Senior Center; 1110 5th Ave.
July 16 – Zanesville/Muskingum County
Muskingum Co. Center for Seniors; 200 Sunrise Center
July 25 – Elyria/Lorain County
Wesleyan Meadows; 5400 Meadow Lane Ct.
For more information about these events and Medicare, call OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578. And be sure to visit www.insurance.ohio.gov or follow the Department on twitter @OHInsurance and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OhioDepartmentofInsurance for more information.