COLUMBUS — Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced the Department’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) received a $1,701,188 grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
OSHIIP, funded by CMS and the State of Ohio, provides information and counseling about health care choices to the state’s 1.9 million Medicare beneficiaries including the many Baby Boomers joining Medicare every day.
“This grant will allow OSHIIP to continue its statewide educational outreach and assist Medicare eligible beneficiaries,” Taylor said. “This grant helps Ohioans get answers to questions about Medicare and helps them understand a program that may otherwise seem daunting.”
Grants for the current funding year are available from CMS to the 54 SHIP organizations in the United States and its territories from April 1, 2011 through March 31, 2012. The OSHIIP funding came from nearly $46.5 million being distributed by CMS to SHIPs.
Last year, OSHIIP handled nearly 42,000 calls to its hotline, conducted 44,000 one-on-one client counseling sessions and hosted more than 530 outreach events across the state.
To learn more about Medicare or to get help determining appropriate Medicare coverage and financial assistance eligibility call 1-800-686-1578 or visit www.insurance.ohio.gov. Detailed information about Medicare is available at www.medicare.gov or by calling 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227).