COLUMBUS – As the 2022 Medicare open enrollment period approaches, the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) will conduct a free Medicare Check-up Day event on Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at Station Break Senior Center, located at 160 Howard St. in Mount Vernon.
OSHIIP, a division of the Ohio Department of Insurance, helps Ohioans understand Medicare and determine the best coverage options for their healthcare needs and budget. Coverage and cost evaluation is imperative because Medicare plans can change from year to year.
During Medicare open enrollment, Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, Ohioans can:
Determine if their existing coverage will continue to meet their health insurance needs.
Stay on 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 prescription drug coverage.
Utilize certain financial assistance programs.
Medicare is releasing 2022 plan information on Oct. 1 at www.medicare.gov.
In addition to on-site events, which are subject to change or cancellation, OSHIIP is holding virtual Medicare Check-up Day webinars on Mondays from Sept. 20 to Nov. 30.
For a full outreach schedule and event registration, visit www.insurance.ohio.gov. OSHIIP staff is available Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-800-686-1578 and OSHIIPmail@insurance.ohio.gov to provide assistance.
Ohioans on Medicare can also call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week for Medicare help.