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Press Release

Deadline to Select Medicare Coverage is Dec. 7

OSHIIP has helped Ohioans save $5.1 million during open enrollment


COLUMBUS – Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor is reminding Medicare consumers that Dec. 7 at midnight is the open enrollment period deadline to select coverage that will begin Jan. 1, 2014. The Department’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) is Medicare’s designated educational program in Ohio.
Taylor said that with family and friends often together during Thanksgiving, it’s the perfect time to discuss Medicare.
“This is the time of year all Medicare consumers should review their health and prescription drug coverage for 2014,” Taylor said.  “There can be numerous changes to benefits and costs in plans from one year to the next and now is the time to evaluate those changes and how they impact your coverage.”
OSHIIP, which can assist with plan comparisons and enrollment, has helped Medicare consumers save $5.1 million so far this fall and $13.4 million in 2013, largely by helping determine the coverage most suitable for peoples’ needs. In the past year, OSHIIP set a record high in counseling more than 138,000 Ohioans and conducting more than 2,000 outreach events.
OSHIIP can be reached at 1-800-686-1578 and is available Mon. through Fri., 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Medicare information is available at www.insurance.ohio.gov and follow OSHIIP on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OSHIIP. Call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) for 24 hour assistance or visit www.medicare.gov.


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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