Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment period begins October 15 and ends on December 7. The Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Department of Insurance encourage all Ohioans with Medicare to review their coverage options and ensure they are choosing the best plan to meet their needs and their budgets.

“Choosing the right Medicare plan is making a plan for your future,” said Ursel J. McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging. “Examine your options now and every year to ensure your Medicare plan responds to your changing health needs and preferences.”

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“Medicare options can be overwhelming; we’re here to help,” added Jillian Froment, director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program counselors are in your communities throughout open enrollment. They provide free, unbiased assistance with evaluating Medicare plans and providers.”

During open enrollment, Ohioans with Medicare can stay on original Medicare and shop for a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan. Or, they can select a Medicare Advantage Plan, which provides comprehensive health benefits, typically including prescription drug coverage.

Even if they plan to stay with their existing coverage, Ohioans should use this time to determine if that coverage will continue to meet their health insurance needs. Plans can change from year to year, as can an individual’s overall health and insurance needs. People with Medicare can also use this time to learn about recent Medicare updates and financial assistance programs.

The Ohio Department of Insurance’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) is hosting Medicare Check-Up events throughout the state to help consumers objectively compare plans and learn about their options and available assistance. In Richland County, a presentation will be given on November 1 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Area Agency on Aging (2131 Park Avenue West, Ontario).

Those unable to attend a Medicare Check-Up event can contact OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578 or call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227 for assistance. To speak to someone locally, call the Richland County Area Agency on Aging (419-524-4144 or 800-860-5799).

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