COLUMBUS – In recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 24-28, 2017, the Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) and the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a division of ODI, recognizes committed volunteers who offer support and knowledge to Medicare eligible seniors across the state.
Volunteers Are Essential for OSHIIP’s Success
OSHIIP was established in 1992 to provide Medicare beneficiaries with free, objective health insurance information and one-on-one counseling. OSHIIP’s professionally-operated call center and trained volunteers educate consumers about Medicare, Medicare prescription drug coverage (Part D), Medicare Advantage options, Medicare supplement insurance and other health insurance matters. Currently, OSHIIP has a volunteer base of 54 county coordinators and over 800 volunteers assisting Medicare beneficiaries throughout Ohio.
“We thank our passionate volunteers whose dedication and commitment enable us to assist hundreds of thousands of people in diverse counties across the state,” said Jillian Froment, director for ODI. “It is our hope that our volunteer roster continues to grow so we can assist even more Ohioans with their Medicare questions.
In 2016, the department along with volunteers helped more than 340,000 Ohioans with Medicare save $28.8 million by assisting people in comparing and selecting appropriate plans and connecting individuals with financial assistance programs.
Want to become an OSHIIP volunteer?
Dedicated people are needed to be volunteers in all parts of Ohio.
An OSHIIP volunteer will:
• Learn about Medicare in a free 22-hour course
• Assist people in their community to understand their Medicare benefits and rights
For more information about how to become an OSHIIP volunteer, call 1-800-686-1578 or email oshiipmail@ insurance.ohio.gov