Medicare info day at Senior Center

Staff report

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a division of the Ohio Department of Insurance, will visit Shelby County to hold a Medicare Check-Up Day event, Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Senior Center of Sidney Shelby County, 304 S. West Ave.

The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. Individual counseling will be directly after the event.

“Our aggressive statewide efforts have begun and we are excited to help Ohioans as they make decisions about Medicare coverage,” said Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor, also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “We are holding Medicare Check-Up Day events in every county to make it easier for Ohioans to access the information they need to understand their best insurance coverage options for 2017.”

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; and 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.

Those unable to attend a Medicare Check-Up Day event can contact OSHIIP at 800-686-1578, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Staff report