Are you a Medicare beneficiary? Want to find out more information about how the Medicare Annual Coordinated Election Period can work for you? Want to stay informed and healthy and save money? If so, then mark your calendar for Medicare informational presentations and counseling events that will be available this fall in your county.
These free events are made possible by the Ohio Department of Insurance’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), which travels the state each fall to help Ohioans, family members and caregivers understand the different Medicare coverage options and available financial assistance. Medicare’s Annual Coordinated Election Period starts Oct. 15 and ends Dec. 7. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can evaluate their current coverage and make the determination on whether they should switch to a plan that will better support their needs. Those on Medicare are strongly encouraged to attend a session, which will provide helpful information and assistance.
The Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) can also help you throughout the year to answer any questions you might have concerning your Medicare coverage, specifically with help surrounding the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Low Income Subsidy “Extra Help” Program and the Medicare Savings Program (assistance with Part B premium). If you would like to learn more about these programs and whether or not you are eligible to receive discounts on your prescription drugs, please call our office at 1-800-582-7277 and ask for extension 250.
Local Medicare presentations are scheduled for:
• Adams County – Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. at the Adams County Senior Nutrition Site, 111 W. Main St., West Union. This event is an informational presentation only. RSVP for lunch at 937-544-3021.
• Brown County – Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Brown County Meal Site in Georgetown, 505 ½ N. Main St., Georgetown. This event is an informational presentation only. RSVP for lunch at 937-378-3818.
• Pike County – Oct. 30 starting at 10 a.m. at the Bristol Village Activity Center, 660 E. Fifth St., Waverly. This is a counseling event by appointment only. To schedule a time, call Kristy Bowman with the Area Agency on Aging District 7 at 1-800-582-7277, extension 250.
• Ross County – Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Ross County Senior Center, 1824 Western Ave., Chillicothe. This event is a presentation only. Another event will also be held in Ross County on Oct. 16 at the senior center. This is a counseling event by appointment only. To schedule a time, call Kristy Bowman with the Area Agency on Aging District 7 at 1-800-582-7277, extension 250.
For more information about the Medicare presentations, you can call the Area Agency on Aging District 7 toll-free at 1-800-582-7277, ext. 250, or the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) toll-free at 1-800-686-1578.
Pamela K. Matura is the executive director of the Area Agency on Aging District 7, which includes Highland County.