COLUMBUS – Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor has announced the Ohio Department of Insurance will hold a series of free “Welcome to Medicare” presentations in Mahoning, Stark and Summit Counties in April to help soon-to-be Medicare recipients learn about coverage options.
The events are scheduled as follows:
· April 11, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Mercy Medical Center, 1320 Mercy Drive NW, Canton
RSVP to 330-489-1215 or 1-800-223-8662
Please park in the hospital garage if space is not available near the building. Note: Handicapped parking is available in front of the building.
· April 13, 4 p.m.; Senior Center – Ohio Living Home Health and Hospice, 1110 Fifth Avenue, Youngstown
· April 27, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; Twinsburg Senior Center, 10260 Ravenna Road, Twinsburg
RSVP to 330-963-8722
Topics will include Medicare Part A and B benefits, the Part D prescription drug benefit, Medicare Supplement plans, Medicare Advantage plans, financial assistance, and key deadlines.
“These events are a great resource for Ohioans who are seeking information about Medicare coverage,” said Lt. Governor Taylor, also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “Future Medicare recipients will come away from these events better prepared to select coverage that best suits their budget and health care needs.”
In 2016 the department was ranked #1 in the nation and saved Ohioans $28.8 million by assisting people in comparing and selecting appropriate plans and connecting individuals with financial assistance programs.
You are eligible for Medicare if you or your spouse worked for at least 10 years in Medicare-covered employment, you are 65 years or older and a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
If you are not 65, you might qualify for coverage if you have a disability or End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or transplant).
For those unable to attend this event, the department is offering “Welcome to Medicare” Facebook Live events at www.facebook.com/OSHIIP and webinars viewable via www.insurance.ohio.gov. Visit the department’s website for event listings. Contact the OSHIIP department at 1-800-686-1578, Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., for additional information.