Helping you age better: Medicare


Are you a Medicare beneficiary? Want to find out more information about how the Medicare Annual Coordinated Election Period can work for you?

Want to stay informed and healthy and save money? If so, then mark your calendar for Medicare informational presentations and counseling events that will be available this Fall in your county. These free events are made possible by the Ohio Department of Insurance’s Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP), which travels the state each fall to help Ohioans, family members and caregivers understand the different Medicare coverage options and available financial assistance. Medicare’s Annual Coordinated Election Period starts October 15th and ends December 7th. During this time, Medicare beneficiaries can evaluate their current coverage and make the determination on whether they should switch to a plan that will better support their needs. Those on Medicare are strongly encouraged to attend a session, which will provide helpful information and assistance.

The Area Agency on Aging District 7 (AAA7) can also help you throughout the year to answer any questions you might have concerning your Medicare coverage, specifically with help surrounding the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage Low Income Subsidy “Extra Help” Program and the Medicare Savings Program (assistance with Part B premium). If you would like to learn more about these programs and whether or not you are eligible to receive discounts on your prescription drugs, please call our office at 1-800-582-7277 and ask for extension 250.

The Medicare presentation for Gallia County is set for Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Bossard Memorial Library, located at 7 Spruce Street in Gallipolis. This is a counseling event by appointment only. To schedule a time, please call Kristy Bowman at the Area Agency on Aging District 7 at 1-800-582-7277, extension 250.

For more information about the Medicare presentations, you can call the Area Agency on Aging District 7 toll-free at 1-800-582-7277, ext. 250, or the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP) toll-free at 1-800-686-1578.

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Helping you age better: Medicare

Pamela K. Matura is executive director, Area Agency on Aging District 7.