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Medicare Open Enrollment Deadline Dec. 7

Ohioans urged to utilize free state program for information and enrollment assistance


COLUMBUS – Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is reminding Ohioans on Medicare that midnight Dec. 7 is the open enrollment period deadline to select coverage that will begin Jan. 1, 2015.
Taylor said state Medicare experts, through the Department’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), can explain coverage options and help with enrollment for free.
“There are many Medicare coverage choices for Ohioans to meet their health care and prescription drug needs for the coming year,” Taylor said.  “There can be numerous changes to benefits and plans from one year to the next and now is the time to evaluate those changes and how they impact your coverage.”
OSHIIP has helped Ohioans save $4.1 million this fall and $12.3 million in 2014, mostly by helping people understand coverage most suitable for their needs. Last year, more than 160,000 Ohioans saved a program record $16.4 million utilizing OSHIIP’s services.
Taylor encourages friends and families together during Thanksgiving to visit www.medicare.gov to review plans and enroll into Medicare coverage. Ohioans can call OSHIIP at 800-686-1578 and 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227) with questions about Medicare.


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Ohio Department of Insurance
50 W. Town Street, Third Floor - Suite 300
Columbus, Ohio  43215
Mike DeWine, Governor | Jillian Froment, Director
General Info: 614-644-2658 | Consumer Hotline: 800-686-1526
Fraud Hotline: 800-686-1527 | Medicare Hotline: 800-686-1578