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Press Release - April 18, 2012

Department of Insurance Consumer Program Celebrates 20th Anniversary



COLUMBUS – Ohio Lt. Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor today recognized the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) for celebrating its 20th anniversary.  As part of the celebration, OSHIIP held an event with program partners, county volunteers from across the state and previous program directors participating.

“Today’s anniversary is an opportunity to recognize the hard work of the OSHIIP staff and volunteers responsible for making this program such a success,” Taylor said.  “Ohio seniors are very fortunate to have individuals committed to helping them with their Medicare needs each and every day.”

As part of today’s 20th anniversary, OSHIIP was presented with a proclamation signed by Governor John Kasich and Lt. Governor Taylor.  The program also unveiled a new design of the OSHIIP logo which will now appear on all new materials distributed to volunteers and consumers across the state.

OSHIIP, a program of the Ohio Department of Insurance, was established in 1992 and is the state’s official resource for Medicare information and counseling.  OSHIIP assists thousands of people each year through its toll-free hotline, website, and hundreds of community activities, such as the fall Medicare Check-ups and springtime Welcome to Medicare events.

Most recently, OSHIIP helped Ohioans save more than$757,000 during last fall’s Medicare open enrollment period.  OSHIIP staff and volunteers conducted more than 100 Medicare Check-up events in each of Ohio.  The Welcome to Medicare outreach, geared towards new and soon-to-be beneficiaries, is currently underway and will be held in 15 counties from April 11 to July 25.

For more information about OSHIIP and Medicare, call OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578 and visit www.insurance.ohio.gov, where you can also obtain a list of Welcome to Medicare events. You can follow the Department on twitter @OHInsurance and on Face book at www.facebook.com/OhioDepartmentofInsurance.  


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Ohio Department of Insurance
50 W. Town Street, Third Floor - Suite 300
Columbus, Ohio  43215
Mike DeWine, Governor | Jillian Froment, Director
General Info: 614-644-2658 | Consumer Hotline: 800-686-1526
Fraud Hotline: 800-686-1527 | Medicare Hotline: 800-686-1578