Know Everything about Medicare Open Enrollment? Think Again.
Lt. Governor Taylor Urges Ohioans to Attend Check-Up Day Events
OSHIIP counselors are available across the state to assist Ohioans with Medicare questions
COLUMBUS — With a variety of Medicare choices and cost changes, Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor is encouraging Medicare eligible Ohioans to review their drug and insurance coverage options for 2017. The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a division of the Ohio Department of Insurance, will host Medicare Check-Up Day events throughout the state to help consumers compare and select the best plan that meets their unique needs. Medicare Open Enrollment for 2017 runs from October 15 through December 7.
“This year there are many plan options to consider, and coverage for the same plan may be different than in the past,” said Taylor, also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “Open enrollment is the time to shop for the best plan that meets your needs. Our highly trained OSHIIP staff and volunteers can help you understand your choices and your rights.”
During Medicare’s annual open enrollment, Ohioans can:
- Stay on or return to Original Medicare and shop for a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan.
- Select a Medicare Advantage Plan, which provides comprehensive health benefits, typically including drug coverage.
- Determine if their existing coverage will continue to meet their health insurance needs.
Attendees can also learn more about recent Medicare plan changes and financial assistance programs, which help pay prescription drug costs and Part B premiums.
Protecting Against Fraud and Identity Theft
Taylor warns Ohioans to be aware of predatory sales practices during open enrollment. The Ohio Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) will be present at Check-Up Day events to encourage Medicare recipients to protect their Medicare card, and explain how to detect fraudulent behavior and how to report issues. If a consumer suspects wrongdoing, they should call the department’s Fraud and Enforcement hotline at 1-800-686-1527 or the SMP at 1-800-488-6070.
Those unable to attend a Medicare Check-Up Day event can contact OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., or call Medicare at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Information, including specific plan details, is available at www.medicare.gov.
For more insurance tips and information visit www.insurance.ohio.gov or call the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526 Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm, to speak to a representative. For additional information, follow the department on Facebook and Twitter.