TROY — For a third year in a row, Medicare counselors will assist county residents during the open enrollment period.
Health Partners Free Clinic, located in Troy, will continue to offer free help in selecting the right Medicare health insurance and drug plans for Miami County residents.
Lois Wiggin, patient assistance program advocate at the clinic, is a certified Medicare counselor through the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program. Diana Bashore is also a certified Medicare counselor with OSHIIP and based at the clinic.
“We are here to educate people about Medicare,” Wiggin said.
Open enrollment for anyone Medicare-eligible begins Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7. Those who are currently receiving benefits may need to make adjustments to their plans or may have questions about Medicare.
“We’re here year-round to help people review their plans, discuss an issue about a claim or other Medicare questions,” Bashore said. “It is especially important to review their prescription drug coverage to ensure their medications are still covered on their current plan.”
Both Wiggin and Bashore agree that it’s a good idea for individuals to review their Medicare plans annually. Deductible and co-pay requirements may have changed, along with an individual’s health care needs.
To schedule an appointment for a review or to discuss other Medicare issues, telephone Wiggin or Bashore at Health Partners Free Clinic at 332-0894 ext. 213. Individuals should bring their Medicare card and any other insurance cards with them. Individuals should also bring list of medications they currently take.
Health Partners was incorporated in 1998 and is the lone free medical clinic serving Miami County residents.