COLUMBUS – May is Older Americans Month and Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor has an important message. Taylor wants Ohioans that are soon-to-be eligible or currently on Medicare to know that unbiased assistance to help understand Medicare’s important coverage considerations, deadlines and the many plan choices are available for free.
“The Department’s Senior Health Insurance Information Program helped consumers save $16.4 million in 2013,” Taylor said. “And with more than 10,000 Ohioans turning 65 each month, May is the perfect time to reach out to our staff and learn more about your coverage options.”
OSHIIP has been the state’s designated Medicare educational and enrollment assistance program since 1992. Last year, OSHIIP helped more than 168,000 consumers save a record $16.4 million through its toll-free hotline, in-person counseling, and more than 1,500 outreach events.
Taylor said OSHIIP’s services are personalized and efficient. OSHIIP can help Ohioans complete a plan comparison process to help them realize options that not only fit their health care needs but also their budget.
Taylor urges those new to Medicare to attend an OSHIIP Welcome to Medicare educational event. They are being held across the state through May. An events schedule is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov. People can also call 800-686-1578 for events information and with any Medicare questions.