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Medicare Counselors at Health Partners Ready for Sign-Up

September 29, 2016

Written by Jim Painter

With the Medicare open enrollment period less than a month away, Health Partners Free Clinic is offering a free service to anyone looking for a clear path through the sign-up process. For the second year, the clinic is providing certified Medicare counselors to residents regardless of whether they live in Miami County. Anyone entering or currently enrolled in the Medicare system is eligible to seek help at HPFC regarding the government-based health insurance.

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Lois Wiggin and Diana Bashore are certified volunteer counselors through the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program also known as OSHIIP. The pair helps people weave through the red tape of their Medicare health care options and prescription drug plans.

The open enrollment date is from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7.

Wiggin said a consultation gives newcomers a better understanding of the sometimes complicated process of acquiring insurance. Those already enrolled in Medicare need to review their plan on a yearly basis. Factoring in insurance companies changing what they will cover, premium adjustments, and the changing healthcare need for the individual, a review is essential.

Bashore said companies will, at times, add or omit coverage of certain prescription drugs a person may need. If someone has a health condition that requires specific medication, they should not assume their insurance company will continue to cover it in the new year.

Bashore noted that Ohio ranks number one in the nation as OSHIIP planning had saved enrollees more than $15 million.

To set an appointment, contact the clinic at (937) 332-0894 ext. 213.