COLUMBUS – With the Dec. 7 annual open enrollment deadline looming to select coverage for 2013, Thanksgiving holiday get-togethers are the perfect time to make sure your friends and family on Medicare have started the comparison process.
“We encourage everyone to take advantage of holiday gatherings and talk to family and friends as the Dec. 7 Medicare open enrollment deadline approaches,” Taylor said. “If they need assistance, the OSHIIP program is a great resource to help identify the best option for each person.”
The Department’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) is Medicare’s designated educational program in Ohio for recipients, family members and health care professionals.
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.
Ohioans can call 1-800-686-1578 to reach OSHIIP, Mon. through Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The program has already helped consumers realize a record $3,074,962 million in savings during open enrollment this year. In addition, a Medicare Check-up and Open Enrollment Toolkit filled with important information is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov. You can like and follow OSHIIP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OSHIIP.
During annual enrollment, beneficiaries can select one of several health coverage options: 1) Original Medicare paired with a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan and perhaps a Medicare Supplement plan. 2) A Medicare Advantage Plan, which provides comprehensive health benefits including drug coverage. 3) Or, determine if their existing coverage will meet their health insurance needs for the upcoming year.
Those with Medicare questions can also contact Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week and visit www.medicare.gov.