COLUMBUS – As the Medicare open enrollment period approaches, Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Insurance (ODI) Director Jillian Froment are encouraging those on Medicare to review their prescription drug and health insurance options and select a plan that fits their needs and budget. The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a division of ODI, will visit Licking County to hold a Medicare Check-Up Day on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at Heritage Hall located at 1058 E. Main Street Newark, OH 43055. This event will begin at 9:00am. Counseling is by appointment only. Call 740-345-0821 to schedule.
Open Enrollment for the 2020 plan year starts October 15 and ends December 7.
“More than two million Ohioans rely on Medicare, and we work to help families make the best decisions to meet their health care needs,” Governor DeWine said. “Families should discuss their Medicare coverage and contact the Department of Insurance for help selecting a plan for next year.”
To view a complete listing of Medicare Check-Up Day events, visit OSHIIP’s Medicare Check-Up Events Calendar.
“Now is the time to start planning for next year, and we are here to help consumers with any questions they have,” Froment said. “Medicare health and prescription drug plans often change year-to-year, which is why it is so important to look at your options every year and make a change if necessary.”
During Medicare’s annual open enrollment, Ohioans can:
• 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.
• Determine if their existing coverage will continue to meet their health insurance needs.
• Learn more about recent Medicare updates and financial assistance programs that help pay prescription drug costs and Part B premiums by attending a Medicare Check-Up Day.
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.
Protecting against fraud and identity theft
During open enrollment, Froment advises Ohioans to be aware of predatory sales practices and Medicare scams, such as unsolicited calls from scammers asking for personal information, such as your Social Security number or Medicare number. If consumers suspect wrongdoing, they should call the department’s Fraud and Enforcement hotline at 1-800-686-1527 or the Senior Medicare Patrol at 1-800-488-6070.