Medicare’s annual Open Enrollment period begins Oct. 15 and ends on Dec 7 each year. The Ohio Department of Aging and the Ohio Department of Insurance encourage all Ohioans with Medicare to use this time to review their coverage options and ensure they are choosing the best plan to meet their needs and their budgets.
During open enrollment, Ohioans with Medicare can:
- Stay on original Medicare and shop for a stand-alone Part D prescription drug plan, or
- Select a Medicare Advantage Plan, which provides comprehensive health benefits, typically including prescription drug coverage.
Even if they plan to stay with their existing coverage, Ohioans should use this time to determine if that coverage will continue to meet their health insurance needs. Plans can change from year to year, and so can your health and insurance needs.
People with Medicare can also use this time to learn about recent Medicare updates and financial assistance programs. If you can’t afford your Medicare Prescription Drug Plan costs, you may qualify for Extra Help, which can reduce your premiums and deductibles. To apply, call Social Security at 1-800-772-1213.
The Ohio Department of Insurance’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) is hosting virtual Medicare Check-Up events to help consumers objectively compare plans and learn about their options and available assistance.
You may also contact OSHIIP at 1-800-686-1578 or call Medicare at 1-800-633-4227.
Your area agency on aging is also a great resource for access to local Medicare help. Call 1-866-243-5678 to be connected to the agency serving your community.