VAN WERT — A free Medicare Check-Up Day will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at Van Wert Council on Aging, 220 Fox Road.
To schedule an appointment, call 419-238-5011.
The event is by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program, a division of Ohio Department of Insurance.
Free Medicare Check-Up Day Event Coming to Van Wert County
COLUMBUS – The Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a division of the Ohio Department of Insurance, will visit Van Wert County to hold a Medicare Check-Up Day event on Wednesday, December 5, 2018, at the Van Wert Council on Aging located at 220 Fox Road in Van Wert. The event will begin at 10:00am. Counseling is by appointment only. Call 419-238-5011 to schedule.
“Medicare Open Enrollment is a once-a-year opportunity for Ohioans who are enrolled in Medicare to compare plans and find one that fits their needs at a price that’s right for them,” said Jillian Froment, director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “We are holding Medicare Check-Up Day events statewide to ensure Ohioans have access to up-to-date information they need to better understand their options for 2019.” During Medicare’s annual open enrollment, Ohioans can:
Change or continue current prescription drug plan;
Select a Medicare Advantage Plan, designed for comprehensive health and drug coverage; and
Learn about recent updates to plan changes and financial assistance programs.
Protecting Against Fraud and Identity Theft
Froment advises Ohioans to be aware of predatory sales practices during open enrollment. The Ohio Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) will be present at Check-Up Day events to encourage Medicare recipients to protect their Medicare card and explain how to avoid fraudulent behavior. Consumers that suspect wrongdoing should call the department’s Fraud and Enforcement hotline at 1-800-686-1527 or the SMP at 1-800-488-6070.
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.
To view a complete listing of Medicare Check-Up Day events, visit OSHIIP’s Medicare Check-Up and Annual Enrollment page at www.insurance.ohio.gov/Consumer/OSHIIP/SitePages/CheckUpDays.aspx.
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Michelle Farley, Public Information Officer