COLUMBUS – Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor announced the Department’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) has assisted approximately 12,496 Ohioans with Medicare questions during the current annual coverage selection period and helped them realize a record $1,266,120 million in savings. Open enrollment began Oct. 15 and concludes on Dec. 7 at midnight.
“We are working to reach as many of Ohio’s 2 million Medicare recipients as we can in the coming weeks and so far the results are positive,” Taylor said. “I encourage seniors to call on us to assist them as they secure a plan that best meets their individual healthcare needs and budget for 2013.”
Taylor said two of the main reasons for the savings are because OSHIIP representatives are assisting consumers with prescription drug and Medicare Advantage coverage comparisons. The covered drugs and pharmacies in a plan’s network, premiums, deductibles and co-payments can change from one year to the next. While not everyone needs to make a change, contacting OSHIIP is still a good idea for running a comparison.
OSHIIP recently celebrated its 20th anniversary as Medicare’s designated educational and enrollment assistance program in Ohio for beneficiaries, family members and health care professionals. The program helped Ohioans with Medicare save more than $757,000 during open enrollment last year.
To assist Ohioans during open enrollment Taylor said OSHIIP is visiting every Ohio county with “Medicare Check-up” events. Ohioans can also call OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578 with questions and for enrollment assistance. In addition, a special Department Medicare Check-up and Open Enrollment Toolkit, which includes a list of plans, financial assistance information, and an events schedule, is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov. You can also like and follow OSHIIP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OSHIIP.
Those with Medicare questions and in need enrollment assistance, including financial assistance, can call OSHIIP Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week. Information is also available at www.medicare.gov.