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Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people age 65 and over (and certain disabled individuals under age 65). If you are eligible for Social Security benefits (including disability benefits), you may apply for Medicare. Different parts of Medicare help cover specific services, such as hospital care, doctor's visits, medical supplies, preventive care and prescription drug costs.

Ohioans who have questions about Medicare or need help selecting coverage can contact the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), a service of the Ohio Department of Insurance, at 1-800-686-1578. The Department of Insurance also hosts hands-on Welcome to Medicare and Medicare Check-up Events where consumers can meet face-to-face with Medicare experts and get accurate, unbiased information.

Your area agency on aging may also hosting virtual and in-person Medicare education events and counseling, especially during the annual open enrollment period for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans, Oct. 15 through Dec. 7. Call 1-866-243-5678 to be connected to the agency serving your community.

Visit the official federal government site, Medicare.gov, for general information about Medicare coverage and available plans.