COLUMBUS – The Ohio Department of Insurance’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Program (OSHIIP) has already helped Ohioans with Medicare save more than $5 million in 2013, Lieutenant Governor and Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced. Taylor also said OSHIIP has assisted 100,000 consumers over the last year, making Ohio one of only six states to reach that milestone.
“Ohioans were able to realize savings by working with OSHIIP to identify the coverage most suitable for their needs,” Taylor said. “This illustrates how important it is for consumers to take advantage of the free information and counseling provided by OSHIIP.”
Taylor added that she is proud of OSHIIP’s dedication to helping Ohio Medicare consumers, one of her top priorities. She also said OSHIIP’s comprehensive approach to consumer education and customer service is one modeled by other states.
OSHIIP educates Ohioans through hotline experts, trained volunteers, a speaker’s bureau, a website, and an array of publications. Topics OSHIIP addresses includes Medicare, Medicare Part D drug coverage, Medicare Advantage, Medicare supplement insurance, financial assistance programs and other health insurance matters.
In addition, OSHIIP has a dynamic statewide outreach presence that includes Medicare Check-up Days during the fall open enrollment period – in which OSHIIP recently saved consumers a record $5.5 million, and Welcome to Medicare events. The Welcome to Medicare events are currently underway and run through May. They help new and soon-to-be beneficiaries understand the basics of Medicare.